No. 03-2445.

394 F.3d 8 (2005)

Wissam SUCCAR, Petitioner, v. John ASHCROFT, Attorney General, Respondent.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided January 5, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Saher J. Macarius for petitioner.

Anthony P. Nicastro, with whom Peter D. Keisler, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, Barry J. Pettinato, Senior Litigation Counsel, and Anthony C. Payne, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, United States Justice Department, were on brief, for respondent.

Mary Kenney, with whom Nadine K. Wettstein, American Immigration Law Foundation, Iris Gomez, and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute were on brief, for The American Immigration Law Foundation, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, International Institute of Boston, and The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic of Greater Boston Legal Services, amici curiae.

Before LYNCH, Circuit Judge, STAHL, Senior Circuit Judge, LIPEZ, Circuit Judge.

LYNCH, Circuit Judge.

This case raises issues of first impression in immigration law as to the validity of a regulation promulgated in 1997 by the Attorney General, 8 C.F.R. § 245.1(c)(8). The regulation redefines certain aliens as ineligible to apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residents whom a statute, 8 U.S.C. § 1255(a), defines as eligible to apply. Under that regulation, the Attorney General will not consider an application for adjustment...

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