How do I make sense of all the things that are happening in my immigration case? Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office here in St. Louis, Missouri. I was doing a Facebook and YouTube live the other day. We do these now every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 until 1:00 PM Central Time. Please feel free to join us in our Immigrant Home Facebook group for that, or subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can ask us whatever questions you want. We’re getting a lot of great engagement and having a lot of fun on the show.
But today’s question comes from Xerxes. Xerxes put a question in the chat. It didn’t come on camera and I didn’t get a chance to answer it. It sounds like Xerxes has an oversea visa case with a priority date of October 21, 2019. Xerxes asked, “Jim, after I filed my case, there was a announcement from Trump of a travel ban involving my kind of case. Then shortly after that, I got a transfer notice that my case was being sent to the Texas service center. What does this all mean?”
Xerxes, this is why I wanted to shoot your video today. The thing is, is that you can’t read too much into the little things that happen in your case. It seems to me in your question, Xerxes, that you think that the travel ban had something to do with your case being transferred or that your priority date led it to being transferred. You just can’t put too much stock or read too much into the little things that happen in your case. If your case gets sent from one service center to another, all that means is that the case is being processed at another office because that office is a little less busy than the one that had it before. You can’t read too much into it. I know that a lot of people, when their case gets transferred, they jump on the internet and look at the processing times for that service center. It’s all sort of a waste of time.
I would say that when you file your case, just let it run its course. If the case gets off track and your case gets delayed, then we can talk about maybe suing them to get your case back on track. But for the most part, a lot of this is out of your control. You can’t really read too much into the little twists and turns that your case takes. If you sort of live, and breathe, and die based on what happens on these little electronic updates, you’re really going to drive yourself up a wall and sort of go crazy.
I would encourage you, Xerxes, and anybody else who’s going through a process like this, don’t worry too much about this. Now, one of the great things about working with an immigration lawyer is that you don’t have to do these day by day calculations and analysis. You can just rely on the attorneys to help inform you what’s going on in your case. I really think that you’re going to be much better off, Xerxes and other friends, if you just let it run its course and don’t read too much into it, because a lot of times you’ll make these connections that aren’t really valid connections. There’s reasons that cases get delayed or transferred that have nothing to do with the merits of your case, but more about the ins and outs of what’s going on at USCIS.
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