CA11 (En Banc) on Equitable Tolling: Avila-Santoyo v. U.S. Atty. Gen. (Abdi Overruled)

CA11 (En Banc) on Equitable Tolling: Avila-Santoyo v. U.S. Atty. Gen. (Abdi Overruled)

 

"[W]e overrule our circuit precedent in Abdi, and now hold that the 90-day time limit to file a motion to reopen under 8 U.S.C. § 1229a(c)(7)(C)(i) is not jurisdictional. ... [W]e agree with every other circuit to have addressed this issue and found equitable tolling to be applicable. ... Having concluded that the 90-day deadline for a motion to reopen is a nonjurisdictional claim-processing rule subject to equitable tolling, we GRANT Avila-Santoyo’s petition, VACATE the BIA’s order denying reopening, and REMAND to the BIA to consider whether to grant Avila-Santoyo’s request for equitable tolling." - Avila-Santoyo v. U.S. Atty. Gen., Apr. 12, 2013.

[The underlying BIA decision is here, courtesy of Ben Winograd.  Hats off to Claudia Valenzuela Rivas of the National Immigrant Justice Center and Jason Burnette and Brian Murray of Jones Day!]