My wife and I hired an immigration attorney to adjust my status through marriage. We think it has taken too long for the lawyer to send in the petition. We turned in everything they asked for. I was brought into this country at the age of 4 from Mexico with a visa but it has since expired. I am now 22 years old. I did get a dwi 2 years ago. I don't know if that would be a reason for him to take so long. I have called a few times and the paralegal keeps saying the same thing that she already looked over everything and it looks good and she's just waiting on the attorney to review and send it off. What would be a reasonable time frame for the attorney to prepare and file the adjustment of status after we turned in all he asked for?
How much time has passed? Every attorney works differently and sets their own schedule. Schedule a meeting and go back to discuss expectations. This is something that should have already been discussed. My colleague has indicated 1-3 months. However, in my own personal opinion, once I have all of the necessary documents, all forms are reviewed by a client and signed, all filing fees are paid - the package is sent out within a week. But that's just me.
Assuming that the attorney has everything that he or she requested from you then it should not take too long. But as someone else mentioned, there may be something missing from your supporting documents or some of your information was incorrect or inconsistent. I would set an appointment with either the attorney or the legal assistant working on your case and see what's going on with the case before you conclude that the attorney is doing a poor job. If it turns out that they haven't done anything on your case, I would request a copy of your file and see if you can find someone else.
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