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Does your Green Card case qualify for Writ of Mandamus?

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Transcript: Does your green card case qualify for writ of mandamus?

Hi, everyone. I’m attorney Hashim Jeelani, principal of Jeelani Law Firm. Over the last 10 years, Jeelani Law Firm has filed hundreds of mandamus lawsuits in federal district courts throughout the United States.

If you haven’t seen my video on what is a writ of mandamus, watch that next. How can writ of mandamus help my green card case? If you’re watching this video then likely, your adjustment of status, also known as green card case, has had no movement and it’s been months or years since you filed your case or had an interview. It may also be the case that you or your attorney have made many inquiries, called USCIS, and maybe even tried to get your congressman’s office or the ombudsman’s office to try to help. All these actions have likely resulted with nothing but generic responses from USCIS that the case is still pending. This is where our firm steps in and files a lawsuit in federal district court against USCIS for unreasonably delaying your green card case. This is commonly referred to as a writ of mandamus.

How can writ of mandamus help? By filing over to mandamus, you’re asking a federal court judge to issue an order requiring the immigration agency to do their job. If this order is issued, this is not something that the agency can ignore. They must take the required action in your case. In your green card case, this means continuing processing by taking actions such as scheduling an interview, requesting missing information or documents, or issuing a final decision.

How long does a writ of mandamus take? Of course, every case is different in some respects. However, once a lawsuit is filed and the government’s attorney is served with the lawsuit, they have 60 days to file an answer. Sometimes the government agency will start movement on the case by scheduling an interview or getting a final decision within the first 60 days after being served. Other times, the case may take a little bit longer. The vast majority of our delay litigation cases here at Jeelani Law Firm are resolved within 90 to 180 days. Are there any negative consequences in filing your writ of mandamus? Your case would not be negatively impacted by filing a writ of mandamus. The only impact that can come out of filing a lawsuit is a positive. For more information on this, check out our video on consequences of filing a writ of mandamus.

If you have any questions specific to your case, or need more information, call our office to schedule a phone consultation with a senior attorney at Jeelani Law Firm. Thanks for watching this video. I’m attorney Hashim Jeelani. Don’t forget to click the like, subscribe, and bell buttons to be notified every time I upload a new video.

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JEELANI LAW FIRM, PLC is regarded as one of the top immigration law firms in the industry. We handle all immigration matters including family based adjustment of status/green card cases, citizenship filings, representation of businesses and employees when filing L1A/B Petitions, H1B petitions, and Permanent Labor petitions. Our firm also litigates immigration cases dealing with delayed adjudications as well as appellate matters before the U.S. Federal Courts, U.S. Immigration Courts, USCIS and the BIA. Given the complex nature of immigration law, inexperience can lead to many mistakes which may result in delays, denials, and loss of filing fees and valuable time. Contact our office and we will take care of the rest.