The Board of Immigration Appeals has determined that a notice to appear that does not specify the time and place of an initial removal hearing vests an Immigration Judge with jurisdiction over the removal proceedings and meets the requirements of section 239(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, so long as a notice of hearing specifying this information is later sent to the respondent. The Board noted that “terminating proceedings where service was proper under 8 C.F.R. § 1003.18(b) (2018) would require us to disregard a regulation that we are compelled to follow.”

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