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Petitions for Review

What is a petition for review?

A petition for review (PFR) is a legal document filed with a federal circuit court requesting a review of a decision from a lower court or administrative decision. With respect to immigration cases, a petition for review seeks review of an adverse decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

How does a petition for review help me?

If an immigration judge has ordered you to be removed from the United States, and the BIA agrees with them after you appeal, your order of removal becomes final, and ICE can deport you at any time. A petition for review provides you another opportunity to fight your case since the Circuit Court might interpret your case differently than the immigration judge or the BIA.

Aside from obtaining another chance at winning your case, you can also submit along with your petition for review a request for a stay of removal. If the Circuit Court grants your stay of a removal request, ICE cannot deport you while your petition for review is pending.

Make note that it is highly important to file your petition for review within thirty (30) days after the date of final order/removal, exclusion, or deportation, as there are generally no exceptions to this rule. If you do not file your petition for review on time, it can before very difficult to reopen your case and dismiss the order of removal.

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