The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).
Filed November 22, 2010.
Pardeep S. Grewal, Esquire, Law Offices of Pardeep S. Grewal, Castro Valley, CA, for Petitioner.
Michael Christopher Heyse, Trial, Oil, John Hogan, Senior Litigation Counsel, Kiley L. Kane, Esquire, Trial, DOJ-U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, Chief Counsel Ice, Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, for Respondent.
On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency No. A096-155-992.
Before: TASHIMA, BERZON, and CLIFTON, Circuit Judges.
This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.
Harpushinder Singh, a native and citizen of India, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' order affirming an immigration judge's decision denying his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture ("CAT"). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence, Singh v. Gonzales, 439 F.3d 1100, 1105 (9th Cir. 2006), and we grant the petition for review, and remand.
Substantial evidence does not support the agency's adverse credibility determination, because Singh did not omit from his asylum application that police continued to look for him, see Zuh v. Mukasey, 547 F.3d 504, 508 (4th Cir. 2008) (finding no inconsistency in testimony based on a straightforward reading of the record), and his failure to mention in his asylum application that police seized his workshop after he left the country is a minor omission that does not go to the heart of his claim, see Li v. Holder, 559 F.3d 1096, 1102 (9th Cir. 2009) (omissions must go to the heart of petitioner's claim to support an adverse credibility finding); see also Bandari v. INS, 227 F.3d 1160, 1167 (9th Cir. 2000) ("[T]he mere omission of details is insufficient to uphold an adverse credibility finding."). Accordingly, substantial evidence does not support the agency's adverse credibility determination. See id. at 1165.
We grant the petition and remand for further proceedings to determine whether, taking Singh's testimony as true, he is eligible for asylum, withholding of removal, or CAT relief. See Soto-Olarte v. Holder, 555 F.3d 1089, 1095-96 (9th Cir. 2009); INS v. Ventura, 537 U.S. 12, 16-18, 123 S.Ct. 353, 154 L.Ed.2d 272 (2002) (per curiam).