Selected Topics




February 2021




Updated by Office of Staff Attorneys

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Original Version by Cheri L. Ho




            This outline is not intended to express the views or opinions of the Ninth Circuit, and it may not be cited to or by the courts of this circuit.


            These materials are provided as a resource to assist attorneys in analyzing petitions for review. The outline synthesizes procedural and substantive principles relating to immigration law in the Ninth Circuit and covers the following topics: Jurisdiction, Standards of Review, Relief from Removal (e.g. Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, Adjustment of Status), Motions to Reopen or Reconsider, Criminal Issues, Due Process, and Attorney Fees.  These research tools are only a starting point.  You are encouraged to conduct independent research and verify that cited decisions are still good law.


            Corrections and comments should be e-mailed to Jennifer Hendershot at






Many thanks to the staff attorneys and others who have reviewed sections of this outline,

and have contributed valuable comments and corrections.