Notice of Referral Does Not Require Hearing Info

Jun 2021

 Sotero Mejia Romero, a native and citizen of Guatemala, has challenged the jurisdiction of an immigration judge on the grounds that a referral notice to the immigration judge by an asylum officer initiating his removal proceedings lacks the date and time of the hearing. 

Mejia Romero's appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) against the immigration judge's (IJ) decision denying his application for withholding of removal stands to dismiss as BIA affirms with IJ decision. 


Back on September 25, 1997, Mejia Romero was granted voluntary departure after entering the US unofficially.

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Mejia Romero showed his concern of persecution in his home country because of his race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Arguments By Mejia Romero About The Notice Of Referral

Mejia Romero has challenged the jurisdiction of the IJ over his withdrawal of removal hearing on the grounds that the notice of referral does not contain the date and time of hearing required by the regulation.  

Inference By Court 

United States court of appeals


The overall outcome of May 5, 2021, hearing was that immigration referral notice to the IJ does not require hearing info.