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What Can a Writ of Mandamus Do in an Immigration Case?

Any time you have to deal with government agencies, or work through any issue of immigration law, the process can take a very, very long time. Some cases can take months and months, and can turn into several years. You may have done your part, filling and submitting all necessary paperwork, paying all the fees. Yet the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) may still have failed to take the next steps in your case. The delay of your application is more than inconvenient; it can be putting a hold on your future.

If you have tried to get your case processed, and cannot, you might want to look into writs of mandamus (civil lawsuits). This is particularly true when you want to pursue naturalization or adjustment of status. It already takes years to qualify for naturalization. With adjustment of status, you have to change your status before your visa expires. If your adjustment is taking too long, you may find yourself unlawfully present in the U.S. A writ can force officials to move your case along. This lawsuit will make a court order the USCIS to take definitive action. A writ cannot guarantee the outcome of your case, but it can at least finally bring your case to a resolution. You will definitely want to consult an attorney before filing a writ. It may help you, but it can also speed up such processes as a claim denial, and can even turn into removal hearings.

An experienced immigration attorney can help you with this important legal action. At Robert Brown LLC, we have more than five decades of experience in immigration law. We can help you determine if a writ is a viable option in your case. If so, we can help you overcome unfair setbacks. Do not add to this delay. Act now. Contact a North Carolina immigration lawyer today!

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