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Appeals and Motions to Reopen

Appeals and Motions to Reopen


  • BIA appeals
  • Ninth Circuit appeals (and other federal Circuit Courts of Appeal)
  • USCIS appeals

Motions to Reopen

  • BIA motions to reopen
  • Immigration Judge motions to reopen
  • USCIS motions to reopen


Should you appeal, or file a motion to reopen, or just start over?  Sometimes it is faster or less costly to choose one of these options, and we can help you determine which path to take.

A large portion of our caseload involves appeals and motions to reopen.  Read about our notable cases on appeal.  

What is the deadline?  It depends on your case.  Sometimes the deadline could be as little as 30 days.  If you have missed a deadline, sometimes we can still repair the case and keep fighting for you.

What documents do I need? For most appeals, we do all the work writing legal briefs and arguing your case, and there is no need for you to provide further documentation.  For motions to reopen, we work closely with you to develop your case and advise you on which documents to gather that will make your case stronger.


Was your case denied due to an old deportation/removal order?

This is a common situation: you apply for a green card but the case is denied and you get the surprising news that you have an old deportation/removal order that you never knew about.  Now you are facing trouble.

If this has happened to you, there is something you can do. You probably do qualify for a green card. It’s simply a matter of following the right procedures.

USCIS does not have power over a case with this kind of surprise deportation/removal order.  But an immigration lawyer can file a motion to reopen your old immigration court case and get your green card application back on track.



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