Green Card and I-485

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Client and his family members each filed a I-485 adjustment of status application with USCIS on April 12, 2007. Client was granted asylum in 2006, and on that basis, he filed for adjustment of status. The USCIS at some point adjudicated the client’s wife and child, but decided to hold off the decision on client’s application, because the USCIS was still in the process of conducting security checks.

The Law Offices was hired to intervene in his case in an effort to assist in expediting the adjudication of client’s immigration case, which has been pending for more than 3 years. The Law Offices then filed a petition for declaratory judgment and mandamus relief on behalf of client, to compel the Immigration Service to adjudicate his I-485 application for adjustment of status, which suffered a delay for an unreasonable length of time, in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. § 555(b).

On September 16, 2010, a hearing was scheduled before the federal judge on client’s petition. After the conference which was conducted telephonically, the government filed a motion to dismiss, and plaintiff filed an opposition. The government also filed a response to plaintiff’s opposition. On December 17, 2010, the USCIS scheduled an interview on client’s I-485 adjustment application.

Shortly thereafter, the Law Offices was able to obtain approval of client’s adjustment application, and client received his “green card” in the mail.