CA8 on Ethiopia, Well-Founded Fear: Tegegn v. Holder

"[T]he BIA did not adequately consider one aspect of his distinct claim of a well-founded fear of future persecution that was supported by credible testimony and by other record evidence including State Department Human Rights Reports. Accordingly, we grant the petition for review and remand for...

Unpub. BIA CAT / Mental Competency Remand (Ethiopia/Eritrea)

Stephen Yale-Loehr writes: "Our Cornell immigration appeals clinic just won an unpublished remand from the BIA in an interesting Ethiopian/Eritrean CAT case. The case largely concerned Matter of M-A-M- mental competency issues. The BIA also ordered the IJ to conduct additional fact-finding on remand...

Ethiopia Will Implement Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) Requirement

" The government of Ethiopia informed the United States that, effective Sept. 1, 2013, it will require all adoption cases filed by United States prospective adoptive parents to undergo the U.S. PAIR process. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs (MOWCYA) will require a PAIR...

USCIS Policy Memo: Ethiopia Pre-Adoption Immigration Review

"This policy memorandum (PM) implements the Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) of Forms I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative (“Form I-600”), filed on behalf of children from, and physically located in Ethiopia. Effective September 1, 2013, the Government of...

Excerpts From the July 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Ethiopian Adoptions: PAIR Requirement Effective September 1, 2013, the government of Ethiopia will require that the prospective adoptive parents include evidence that the U.S. government completed a Pre-Adoption Immigration Review of the prospective adoptive child's immigration eligibility. Any...

DOJ Charges Visa Fraud in Ethiopian Adoptions

"Four current and former employees of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption services provider, have been indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with IAG’s adoption services in Ethiopia. IAG is a South Carolina...