If you don’t sue, nothing’s going to happen. Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office here in St. Louis, Missouri.
I have multiple consults a week, calls with people who are thinking about suing USCIS. And sometimes they say to me, “Jim, do you think the lawsuit is going to help?”
Now of course, I would never file a lawsuit if I didn’t think it was going to help get a final decision. We can’t always guarantee that a case is going to be approved. But for the most part, we can pretty much guarantee that they’re going to get a decision.
Now, sometimes I have to tell people, though, when they ask, “Well, should we sue them?” And here’s what I tell them. I say, “You might not want to sue, but if you do sue, something’s going to happen. There will be action taken. If you don’t sue, nothing’s going to happen.”
And that’s really the point of this video that if you wait and wait and wait… Andrew Bloomberg of our office told me the other day that some of our processing times, the announced processing times, are now two to three years on these applications.
Now this is patently unreasonable and they just keep moving the bar to make cases’ processing times much, much longer so that they don’t have to accept service requests.
It’s really just ridiculous the way these bozos are running this agency. And so now a reasonable amount of time, according to the government, is two or three years. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
And so we’re going to start pushing back on that, but in any event, what I can tell people is, “Look, you’re free to do whatever you want. You can file suit now, or you can continue waiting.” And so what I say is, “If you keep waiting and don’t file a lawsuit, nothing’s probably going to happen. Maybe they’ll take action on your case, but probably not. But I can’t tell you that if you sue, things will start happening.”
So that’s really the point of the video is that it’s your decision. How do you want to spend your money? And do you want to make the investment on getting a final decision and getting your case moving?
The classic case of this that I’ve told many times, especially on our webinars, is about one of my first, actually my very first overseas delay lawsuit for a visa, for the spouse of a U.S. citizen.
Now this client came to see me and she’d been waiting for her husband to come for two years. And I said, “Hey, you might want to sue them.” And she said, “I’m going to think about it.” She waited another year, nothing happened. And then she waited another year. So she waited four years and nothing had happened.
Her husband’s case remained in administrative processing. And I said, “Look, I’m not sure if your case is going to get approved, but if we sue them, there will be action. There will be movement and you’ll get a decision.” So she went ahead and filed the lawsuit. And after waiting four years, her husband was in my office within two or three months.
So I can say that with confidence, having sued them now over 550 times, that these lawsuits do work and that it’s the only thing that works. So I have other videos on all the ways that people waste time trying to get a decision out of USCIS or the state department. But what I can tell you is that if you don’t do anything, nothing’s going to change.
So hope this video makes sense. I was a little bit rambling, but our number here is 314-961-8200. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can join our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home. We’d love to have you in there. And then also, if you like this video, please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you get updates whenever we make videos just like this one. And please share it out on social. Thanks a lot. Have a great day.