BIA: A CIMT that qualifies for the petty offense exception does not trigger stop-time rule


In Matter of  Matter of Garcia, 25 I&N Dec. 332 (2010), the BIA held that "A conviction for a single crime involving moral turpitude that qualifies as a petty offense is not for an “offense referred to in section 212(a)(2)” of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(2) (2006), for purposes of triggering the “stop-time” rule in section 240A(d)(1) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(d)(1) (2006), even if it renders the alien removable under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(i) (2006)."

Ricky Malik, Esq.