BIA: Petty Offense CIMT does not render one ineglibile for Cancellation of Removal


Matter of Pedroza, Interim Decision #3691, 25 I&N Dec. 312 (BIA 2010)

An alien's conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude does not render him ineligible for cancellation of removal under section 240A(b)(1)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(b)(1)(C) (2006), if his crime is punishable by imprisonment for a period of less than a year and qualifies for the petty offense exception under section 212(a)(2)(A)(ii)(II) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(2)(A)(ii)(II) (2006). Matter of Cortez, 25 I&N Dec. 301 (BIA 2010), followed.

Ricky Malik
Attorney at Law