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Monday, August 29, 2005

Late appeal. The Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed an appeal as untimely. The petitioner had sent his notice of appeal by overnight delivery (as recommended by the BIA), but it was not delivered for five days. Had it been delivered on time, it would have been timely. The Second Circuit held that these facts might constitute the "unique and extraordinary circumstances" that would allow the BIA to consider the appeal although it was technically late. The Court vacated the BIA opinion and remanded the case for further proceedings. The decision in Sun v. United States Department of Justice can be found here.

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