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Applying to become a U.S. citizen can be an exciting and life-changing experience, but due to the significant backlog of applications that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) deals with each year, this process can take a long time. However, if months have gone by since you last received any update as to the status of your application, you may need to take it upon yourself to get the process moving again and ensure you receive a final verdict.

If you believe you have experienced an unreasonable delay for citizenship in San Diego, there are a few different ways you could go about speeding the process up, many of which do not require litigation. Still, an immigration delay attorney could serve as a crucial ally in the event that you have to seek court intervention to reach the end of this process.

Procedural Methods for Addressing Unreasonable Citizenship Delays

Aside from the sheer number of applications that USCIS receives on a yearly basis, there are many procedural bottlenecks that can severely slow down how quickly an application for citizenship is processed. Applications are commonly sidetracked for a background investigation, delayed due to missing information, or simply misplaced somewhere inside the USCIS system.

In many circumstances, fixing delays that stem from these kinds of issues is a relatively straightforward process that does not necessitate going to court or involving a federal judge. With help from an immigration attorney, an individual applicant may be able report their delay, and have the problem addressed in a timely manner through established administrative processes.

Filing Suit over a Naturalization Delay

Some citizenship delays stem from much deeper problems that require more significant and time-consuming action. If working through administrative channels does not resolve an unreasonable delay for citizenship in San Diego, an applicant may be able to file suit for a “writ of mandamus.” This is essentially a court order that compels the agency or agencies responsible for a citizenship delay to render a final decision within a set period of time.

Alternatively, if a person seeking naturalized citizenship has completed the interview process and has waited at least 120 days without any update on their application, federal law allows them to seek naturalization directly from a court. The court that oversees this kind of case can either agree to approve the delayed application and immediately make the applicant a naturalized citizen, remand the application back to USCIS with an order for a quick resolution, or—in rare cases—reject it outright.

Talk with a San Diego Attorney About Unreasonable Citizenship Delays

It is important to note that any method for compelling a final decision on a citizenship application does not help or hurt someone’s prospects of having their application accepted. Therefore, if you are facing an unreasonable delay for citizenship in San Diego, you should take action that could save you a lot of trouble and stress. Contact one of our experienced attorneys today to learn more about your options for fighting these delays.

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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.

Can an Unmarried Son or Daughter of a Lawful Permanent Resident Keep Their F2B Visa 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 with an Expired Green Card?

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.