Guidance Regarding the Handling of Removal Proceedings of Aliens with Pending or Approved Applications or Petitions

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This memorandum establishes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy for the handling of removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOlR) involving applications or petitions filed by, or on behalf of, aliens in removal proceedings. This policy outlines a framework for ICE to request expedited adjudication ofan application or petition for an alien in removal proceedings that is pending before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USC IS) if the approval of such an application or petition would provide an immediate basis for relief for the alien. This policy will allow ICE and EOIR to address a major inefficiency in present practice and thereby avoid unnecessary delay and expenditure of resources.

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