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Applying for legal permanent residence in the United States is a difficult process. Unreasonable delays in the process only add to the uncertainty and concern that often come with the immigration process. If one year has passed since you filed your application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and no change in your immigration status, you may have grounds to take legal action.

A San Diego immigration delay lawyer could help if you have been subject to unexplained or unjustified holdups in your application process. Once retained, a qualified immigration attorney could work to determine what obstacles you may be facing and remedy them as quickly as possible.

Common Reasons for Delays in Immigrations Application Processing

Unfortunately, long delays in application processing are all too common in federal immigration courts, both in the San Diego area and throughout the United States. While there are numerous ways in which a green card or naturalization application could get wrapped up in bureaucratic red tape, there are two types of delays in particular that our local attorneys see more often than others during the immigration process.

In many circumstances, citizenship and immigration applications can come to a standstill simply because they get lost between the various channels they have to pass through before final approval. A single loose link in the USCIS operational chain could leave an application unresolved for weeks or months, with applicants only being told in the meantime that their cases are “under review” or “pending.”

In other situations, delays in application processing may stem from USCIS having difficulty completing background checks on applicants. Like the applications themselves, these background checks must pass through a number of different federal agencies and navigate through confusing security protocols, so even immigrants with clean backgrounds and the absence of criminal records may end up having their applications unjustly delayed.

How San Diego Legal Counsel May Be Able to Help

While immigrants can check on the status of their case through the USCIS website, sometimes the information provided online or in person at an office is simply not sufficient. If an application has been delayed for months and an applicant has received little or no clarification about why, they may be able to expedite the process and get their case resolved by filing a writ of mandamus lawsuit.

Since the Administrative Procedure Act requires U.S. government agencies to resolve all cases they oversee in a reasonably timely manner, immigrants could work with an immigration delay lawyer in the area who could compel USCIS through a federal court order to ensure their case is processed. However, while a successful writ of mandamus lawsuit can speed up the application process, it does not guarantee a positive resolution.

Discuss What to Do Next with a San Diego Immigration Delay Attorney

Delays in immigration application processing can put significant stress on your future, and potentially on your family’s safety and security as well. Fortunately, if you have been subject to an unreasonable delay in your application’s process, you may have legal options for pursuing a quicker resolution to your case.

A conversation with a San Diego immigration delay lawyer from Hacking Immigration Law LLC could clarify what may be possible in your situation. Call today to set up a consultation and start discussing your case.

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Navigating the maze of U.S. immigration law can be tricky for anybody, especially if English is your second language or you have unique circumstances motivating you to move here. Fortunately, if you are unsure about any areas of immigration or the naturalization process, help through an immigration lawyer (San Diego) is available at the Hacking Immigration Law LLC.

Retaining one of our dedicated San Diego immigration lawyers could help you both with USCIS and other U.S. immigration authorities. To find out how immigration attorneys could help you with your specific case, call us today to schedule a consultation.

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The attorneys at the Hacking Immigration Law are dedicated to helping the foreign-born people of St. Louis to live and work in the United States. This dedication is reflected in the kind and grateful words of the clients they have helped. Read what others have to say about the hard work that the Hacking Immigration Law has done to help those in St. Louis.

Does paying for premium processing on an H1B case mean I will find out sooner if our case was selected in the lottery?

Premium processing is an add-on service that USCIS offers for a variety of immigration cases, primarily in the employment-based visa categories.Premium processing costs an additional $1225 in USCIS filing fees.

What is the H-1B visa lottery and how does it work?

In 2014, USCIS received more than 172,000 H-1B visa applications on the April 1st deadline, exceeding Congress’s cap by 87,000 applications.

May an unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident keep their F2B classification after their sponsoring parent naturalizes?

The immigration laws treat the adult, unmarried children of citizens differently than the adult, unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.

What is the "newspaper of general circulation" for PERM job postings?

The Department of Labor requires employers to advertise positions that they intend to submit a PERM application on to publish the job position in the local newspaper of general circulation.

Can I Apply for Citizenship if I Lost My Green Card or It Expired?

In the past, USCIS and some immigration attorneys believed that you could not become a naturalized citizen if you did not have a valid green card (LPR) card to bring with you to your naturalization interview.

Is there such a thing as expedited removal of an immigrant and, if so, what is it?

Most people believe that removal orders or “deportation” orders only happen when you go to the immigration court and see an immigration judge. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Does testing positive for HIV make someone inadmissible to the United States?

On January 4, 2010, the United States officially removed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” that make an individual ineligible for admission to the United States.

Are there any special visas for translators who assisted US forces in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Under United States immigration law, there are two Special Immigrant Visas available for Iraqi citizens or nationals who have worked for the United States.