I have been waiting for my green card approval for almost 10 months now. I got my biometrics done 9 months ago and and my case status has been in initial processing ever since. Since my case is way out of processing time, I've called the USCIS customer service and talked to level 2 immigration officers several times and put a service request once but never got a response. Besides that I even got an info pass once and when that did not work either called my local senator to follow my case up. None of those options have worked so far and nobody seems to be willing to give me a clear answer. I am really frustrated by this never ending process and cannot make plans for my future. I would greatly appreciate any good advice. Thanks so much.
USCIS and the NVC have slowed. Other than this general response it is difficult to determine whether there is a problem without looking at your file.
Cases sometimes get held up by an extended background check
Taking the foregoing into consideration, be patient for up to 4 more months. If you do not receive action then it is time to consider an experienced immigration attorney.
If you cannot wait any longer then you should consult an experienced immigration attorney. The delay can be caused by several factors.
The answer above is not legal advice nor establishes an attorney-client relationship between you and J & J Law Firm, PA. Please consult with a local lawyer in your area to obtain confidential legal advice based on your specific situation and the facts in your case.
Generally speaking, situations like this are usually caused by failure of background checks to clear. While you were subject to certain checks when you were granted asylum, much more detailed checks are conducted when you apply to adjust your status to that of a permanent resident. Depending on your background those checks and take an extended period of time, sometimes years. The fact that you are approaching a year of processing time is indicative of this problem.
Depending on the facts of your case it may be beneficial to file a lawsuit again USCIS seeking a writ of mandamus. Consult with an immigration attorney who has experience in Federal Court litigation for a review of your case and a recommendation on how best to proceed.
While this answer is provided by a Florida Bar Certified Expert in Immigration and Nationality Law, it is for general information purposes only and an attorney/client relationship is neither intended nor created. You should seek out qualified counsel to review your case and provide you with advice specific to your situation. Review Mr. Devore's Avvo Profile for more information about his expertise in immigration law and how to contact him to discuss your case.
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