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EOIR Director issues guidance to restrict continuances

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 8, 2021

    Via Policy Memo 21-13, the EOIR Director rescinds OPPM 17-01 on continuances and provides further guidance on restricting continuances in immigration proceedings, reminding immigration judges to be vigilant about respondents' strong incentive "to abuse continuances" and use them as a dilatory tactic. The memo provides a "non-exhaustive list of relevant legal and policy principles as an aid to adjudicators" in deciding continuance requests.

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    Policy Memo 21-13: Continuances
  2. Effective Date

    January 8, 2021
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    April 18, 2022

    2022.04.18 EOIR DM 22-05.pdf

    On April 18, 2022, EOIR Director David Neal issued a Director's Memorandum rescinding the Trump-era memo mentioned in this entry.

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

April 18, 2022 Action: Revoked/Replaced 2022.04.18 EOIR DM 22-05.pdf
April 18, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • January 10, 2021

    OPPM 17-01 was issued prior to the decision in Matter of L-A-B-R-, 27 I&N Dec. 405 (A.G. 2018).

    OPPM 17-01: Continuances

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