The Third Circuit has determined that the good moral character period for cancellation of removal for non-lawful permanent residents does not cease with service of the Notice to Appear. Instead, the period continues to run until the entry of an administratively final decision. In so doing, the court deferred to the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision in Matter of Ortega-Cabrera.

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