Why do they keep asking for the same documents over and over?
Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer, practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, Missouri and San Diego, California. In today’s video, I’m talking about a situation that arises from time to time, and it really gets our clients upset. And I’m making this video to try to get you to calm down, to see the light, to be happy, to chill, to not worry, to not explode, but rather to realize what’s actually going on. So, we have a client, we filed a lawsuit against the embassy because his case had been taking too long. And they asked him for some updated medical evidence and some updated financial evidence. And he emailed us and called us all upset, “Oh my God, they’re asking for this again. I can’t believe it.
Now, the last time that the state department asked for this evidence was 11 months ago. So, a lot of time has passed in those last 11 months. So, we filed a lawsuit and as often happens, things get moving. And when things get moving, the agency usually asks for more evidence. And sometimes they’re asking for the same evidence that they asked for before. And I totally understand why our client was upset, and I understand why people get frustrated having the government asks them for the same evidence over and over and over, I totally get it. But, I wanted to make this video to tell you what I told my client, and that is this time, my friend, it’s a good thing. This time it’s not just another delay attempt. This time, they’re actually working towards closing out your case. So, it’s okay to be frustrated. And it is another pain in the butt, especially if you have to get a police certificate or some other documents. So, I understand the frustration.
But at the end of the day, this is a good thing. This is the last time they’re going to ask you for that. And they’re not going to drop you back into administrative processing now that they’re actively working on your case. That’s the whole point of a lawsuit. This is the momentum our client completely missed. He buried the lead as they say in the journalism industry. He missed what was actually happening. What was actually happening is they’ve taken your case off the shelf and they’re actively working on it. Now this is going to happen at USCIS. This can happen at the state department, and I totally understand people getting frustrated when they’re asked for the same evidence over and over. I understand when people get upset about having an interview. But my philosophy is that when we filed a lawsuit or when USCIS finally starts working on your case, this is the time for celebration. This is a time to be ready. This is the time to be happy because we’re getting to the finish line.
So, there’s no reason to get mad. It doesn’t do you any good. It doesn’t move you any closer to getting your immigration benefit. It’s much better to have a level head to get them what they want and to move on. This is the last time they’re going to be asking for this. There’s no reason to be upset, and so I hope this makes a lot of sense.
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