Unreasonable Processing Delays

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for naturalization applications to involve substantial delays. Oftentimes, the cause of the delay is not the fault of the alien seeking to naturalize. Delays can occur because of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services backlogs, mistaken background check information or simply a misplaced file. Manypeople seeking naturalization are not aware that they have the right to contest an unreasonable delay and force the U.S. Government to adjudicate the case. Aliens experiencing an unreasonable delay in the processing of their naturalization application may pursue a Mandamus Action against the government. A mandamus action is a lawsuit against the U.S. Government asking a federal judge to take over jurisdiction of the case and grant citizenship to the alien. A delay of more than 120 days from the date of the naturalization interview/examination is deemed unreasonable under 8 U.S.C. § 1446.

Many people are apprehensive about suing the Government in a mandamus action, because they are afraid the government might deny the naturalization application out of revenge. This should not be a concern, because once the mandamus action is filed, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services no longer has jurisdiction over the case. A federal judge has jurisdiction to decide whether to grant or deny the naturalization application.

How The Law Office of Wiliani-Malek can help you:We have worked with many naturalization applicants to get their applications approved in a timely fashion. There are several strategies we can pursue in order to move your naturalization application through the administrative process. We work with Congressional representatives and Immigration liaisons and, if necessary, we file lawsuits against the federal government.


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