USCIS Statement on Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly Cases

The following is an excerpt from a meeting between the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly discusses the circumstances of being paroled back into the United States after a brief visit abroad after receiving Advance Parole from USCIS. The Advance Parole grant authorizes an alien’s departure and re-entry back into the United States.

AILA reports that some USCIS Field Offices are holding adjudication of cases impacted by Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly, until guidance is provided. Please confirm that USCIS Field Offices should be adjudicating Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly cases and not withholding adjudication pending guidance from USCIS Headquarters.

Response from USCIS

Generally, USCIS is not holding cases in abeyance pending guidance related to Matter of Arrabally/Yerrabelly, with the narrow exception of cases where the applicant is inadmissible under Section 212(a)(9)(A) of the Act.

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