Vartelas v. Holder: Implications for LPRs Who Take Brief Trips Abroad and Other Potential Favorable Impacts

Vartelas v. Holder: Implications for LPRs Who Take Brief Trips Abroad and Other Potential Favorable Impacts

April 5, 2012

In Vartelas v. Holder, the Supreme Court held that the Fleuti doctrine still applies to LPRs with pre-IIRIRA convictions who travel abroad. This advisory describes:

  1. The Court’s decision in Vartelas;
  2. Its potential impact on LPRs who take brief trips abroad;
  3. Suggested steps that lawyers (or immigrants themselves) may take immediately in pending or already concluded removal proceedings involving such individuals; and
  4. Some of the other potential favorable impacts of the decision.

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