What does it mean if an immigration case is terminated?

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What does it mean if an immigration case is terminated?

Does this mean assylum was granted or denied?

Asked on December 30, 2011 under Immigration Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

For a specific answer of the effect on this particular case, you should consult with an immigration attorney, bringing with you the actual notice that the case was terminated. There are several ways a case can be terminated (for example, with prejudice, which means no trying or bringing it again; or without, which means it can be refiled); it also matters who brought the case (was it brought by the immigrant or by the authorities?).

That said, as a genereral matter, "terminating" a case is not a determination or judgment. It means what it sounds like--the case was stopped mid-stream for some reason. Basically, that would put everything back to where it was prior to the case being brought, since nothing was decided or changed by it.


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