Adjustment of Status Under § 245(i) for Noncitizens Previously Removed

Adjustment of Status Under § 245(i) for Noncitizens Previously Removed

Duran Gonzalez v. DHS, No. CV 06-1411-MJP (W.D. Wash. settlement approved Jul. 21, 2014)

STATUS:
Closed

Duran Gonzalez is a Ninth Circuit-wide class action challenging DHS’ refusal to follow Perez-Gonzalez v. Ashcroft, 379 F.3d 783 (9th Cir. 2004). In Perez-Gonzalez, the Ninth Circuit had said that individuals who had been removed or deported could apply for adjustment of status (under INA § 245(i)) along with an accompanying I-212 waiver application. In Duran Gonzales v. DHS, 508 F.3d 1227 (9th Cir. 2007), the Ninth Circuit overturned Perez-Gonzalez, deferring to the BIA’s holding that individuals who have previously been removed or deported are not eligible to apply for adjustment of status. See Matter of Torres-Garcia, 23 I&N Dec. 866 (BIA 2006). The Court subsequently said, however, that some plaintiffs may be able to establish that the new rule should not apply retroactively.

On July 22, 2014, the District Court approved a settlement agreement and issued a final judgment in the case. The settlement involves remedies for class members who submitted adjustment of status and I-212 waiver applications on or after August 13, 2004 and on or before November 30, 2007. Class members had until January 21, 2016 to seek relief under the settlement agreement.

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