Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Ninth Circuit Finds Sponsor Did Not Qualify Because Not Domiciled in U.S.

In an opinion on July 9, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that substantial evidence supported the Board of Immigration Appeals’ determination that a South Korean’s U.S. sponsor (and husband) did not qualify as a sponsor because he was not domiciled in the U.S. At the time of the adjustment of status hearing in 2001, the sponsor/husband had resided in Japan for three years, owned no property in the U.S., and had a personal bank account in Japan. He visited his wife in Hawaii three times in three years: once for a week, the second time for three to four days, and the last time to testify before the immigration judge. He stated that his long-term plan was to return to Hawaii and open a business, but he could not identify the specific date of his return.

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Mark A. Ivener, A Law Corporation, a nationally recognized law firm, has successfully assisted hundreds of clients in immigration matters.