Under INA § 249
Pursuant to INA § 249, a record of lawful admission
for permanent residence may be authorized by the Attorney General
in the exercise of discretion in the case of any alien who has no
such record of admission and who:
entered the United States prior to January 1, 1972;
has had residence in the United States continuously since such entry;
is a person of good moral character; and
is not ineligible to citizenship and is not removable under §
An applicant under § 249 must establish that
s/he is not removable as a terrorist or Nazi, and is not inadmissible
under §212(a) insofar as it relates to criminals, procurers and
other immoral persons, subversives, violators of narcotics laws and
In proving that s/he is a person of good moral character,
an applicant for registry may be able to meet his/her burden of proof
by establishing that s/he is now a person of good moral character
and that s/he has been such for a reasonable period of time. Past
deed will, however, reflect on current character. (Matter
of Sanchez-Linn, 20 I & N Dec. 362, BIA 1991).
An alien is not eligible for registry if s/he has
previously had a record of lawful admission into the United States.
(Matter of M-P-, 9
I & N Dec. 747(BIA 1968).
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