Immigration judges are now less likely to grant a continuance in court proceedings after Attorney General’s ruling.

On August 16, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it harder for Respondents in Immigration hearings to reschedule court hearings.

In the Matter of L-A-B-R-, Sessions stated that from now on, Immigration Judge could reschedule hearings only for “good cause shown.” This decision takes away immigration judges’ discretion in rescheduling hearings. The decision seems to say that now, judges can only do so only after engaging in an analysis of multiple factors.

Here is an example of how this will affect many of those with pending immigration court cases. Let’s say a person is waiting for crucial evidence from his/her country of nationality, which takes some time to obtain. In such cases, judges were previously able to postpone hearings until such evidence becomes available, within a reasonable period of course. Now, judges most likely judges will not be able to do so because such cause would not meet the “good cause shown” standard.

To assure that you get your rights in court are not violated, you need to hire a New York Immigration Lawyers who will actually stand up for your rights in immigration Court.

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