This spring, our office was hired by a young man from Bangladesh. The man was living in Chicago, working for a Fortune 500 company. Despite his corporate success, his naturalization case was being delayed by USCIS. The man had waited over three years to swear his allegiance to the U.S., but he could not get any answers from USCIS.
The man hired our firm to file a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. We sued the director of USCIS, the head of the Chicago field office and the Attorney General of the United States. The lawsuit was a “mandamus” action and sought a judicial order compelling the agency to decide our client’s long-pending case.
The case had apparently been delayed due to military service that the man had performed back home in Bangladesh. After we had the defendants served with a copy of the lawsuit, USCIS in Chicago quickly scheduled him for a re-interview to discuss the military issue.
We are happy to report that late last week, our client became a naturalized U.S. citizen. After waiting more than three years and many efforts to get action his case, the lawsuit we filed for him did, in fact, compel the agency to finally decide the case.