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Continued from page 63 circumstances, none of which would appear to be applicable to an I-829.11 Nonetheless, based on personal experience, USCIS will not entertain a motion to reopen or reconsider following an I-829 once a Notice to Appear is issued. This presents a problem relating to consistency and timeliness in adjudication. Given the general demographics of the immigration court dockets, most ICE trial attorneys and immigration judges lack the day-to-day expertise that USCIS has in adjudicating investors’ petitions. Otherwise binding documents such as USCIS’ May 30, 2013 Memo, would on their face be non-binding to EOIR as it is part of the Department of Justice, leading to inconsistent adjudications between two entities. On its face it is also not binding to ICE, which could presumably take a position inconsistent with the Memo in a removal proceeding. Consider as well that with immigration enforcement a priority, immigration court dockets can stretch on for several years before a merits hearing can be scheduled and the question ultimately addressed. Facts relating to an I-829 can change drastically over such an extended period of time. ICE trial attorney memoranda prioritize the deportation of criminals and material status violators over investors whose projects might have come up short of their inputs to the I-526 economic model. Further clogging the docket presents an avoidable opportunity cost to increasing national security through more efficient removals. A better option is to allow for concurrent review of denials. Matthew Galati Matthew T. Galati is an attorney in the business immigration & compliance practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Matthew’s practice concentrates on the representation of international investors and regularly assisting foreign nationals in obtaining permanent residency through EB-5 investment. Matthew also counsels investors and stakeholders in EB-5 compliance, devoting efforts to meeting requirements for successful I-829 adjudications for removal of conditions. INA § 216A(c) 8 C.F.R. § 216.6(b)(1). 3 59 Fed Reg. 26587 – 26593 (May 23, 1994). 4 See USCIS.gov, “USCIS Processing Time Informat [ۈ