In early 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued an non-precedential decision in the case of an NIJC client represented by a pro bono attorney. This client sought asylum based on fears of formed marriage and FGM, but did not file her application within one year of her entry into the United States. The immigration judge granted withholding of removal, but denied asylum, finding that the client had not established an exception to the one-year filing deadline. On appeal, the BIA vacated the judge's decision and held that the client had established both changed and extraordinary circumstances, and had filed within a reasonable period of those circumstances.
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