An End to a Bureaucratic Nightmare
Two years ago, Richard filed an application for Naturalization. After having his interview, he had not heard any decision from USCIS (neither approval nor denial). Every time he contacted immigration to know the status of his case he was told to wait. Or that his case was still pending or processing. Or that an officer will be reviewing his case, etc. After waiting for almost two years he was about to lose hope on ever getting his citizenship.
Before throwing in the towel, he decided to take one last chance and contacted us for an expert opinion in his matter. He came to our office asking whether something could be done to get his case resolved and make him a U.S. citizen. He talked to Nellie Navidi, our specialist in family immigration, about filing a mandamus law suit to sue the government for all the waiting and the hassle he was encountering. Nellie asked him to give her one last chance- a single shot at going to immigration for him herself to try to resolve the matter once before filing the law suit. We are happy to share that just a few hours later, Richard's case was rescued from the bureaucracy black hole where it had been lost and due to Nellie's assistance he was approved and his naturalization ceremony scheduled for a week later (see picture here).
Richard's case is not unique, however. Sometimes, applications get lost or stay in the bottom of a shelf. When this happens, it is important to have by your side someone who knows how to deal with the administration to make sure it is rescued and moves forward.