Unreasonable Delay of Immigrant Application

Immigration Delay Lawyer in New Orleans

No one should experience unnecessary immigration delays. Delays impact how you spend time with your family, work, receive an education, and more. If you have waited a year or longer for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to decide on your application for legal permanent residence — or more than 120 days for a citizenship decision — it is time to speak with a qualified lawyer. It may be necessary to file a lawsuit in federal court to force a ruling against your green card delays.

While filing a lawsuit in federal court sounds intimidating and worrisome, you don’t have to go this route alone. Attorney Michael Gahagan has the proven ability to take that step and earn favorable results.

You Have A Right To Have Your Immigration Application Adjudicated Within A Reasonable Amount Of Time

District courts in Louisiana and across the country have ruled consistently that immigration applications must be adjudicated within a reasonable time period. This means that a judge must make a ruling on immigration cases within a year from when you filed for legal permanent residence or within 120 days if you filed for citizenship. That is the law.

Unfortunately, people face lengthy USCIS delays for reasons that can be challenging to determine and understand, including never-ending background checks, repeated demands for interviews and various procedural problems within the system. These delays are unnecessary—and in some cases unlawful.

If you ever find yourself in such situations, you should contact our immigration delay lawyer in New Orleans, Michael Gahagan. Our team will take a hard look at your unique case and all your options. Lawsuits always seem intimidating, but our team has the experience to help individuals get the outcome that they deserve.

The legal term for the type of lawsuit that may be necessary is “writ of mandamus.” A writ of mandamus means that a court can order a subordinate court or a public authority, such as the government, to take obligatory legal action. In the case of naturalization, a judge may even render his or her own decision. At Gahagan Law Firm, LLC, The Immigration Law Firm of New Orleans, we actively file such lawsuits, something that few if any other Louisiana lawyers do. We do this to help you successfully complete your application so you can move forward with your life in the US.

Mr. Gahagan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) who has completed extensive training and built an excellent track record in federal immigration litigation. His knowledge and capabilities cover:

  • Extensive experience in family immigration cases, including delays in handling petitions for spouses of legal residents and citizens
  • Unlawful denials as well as unreasonable delays of immigration applications
  • Deportation defense and applications for waivers

Reach A Proven New Orleans Immigration Application Litigation Attorney

Immigration law is not just the business of our firm. Michael Gahagan became an immigration lawyer after his own family’s frustrating experience with the system, and he will provide prompt attention to your case. For a consultation in person at our Metairie, LA office or by telephone, call (504) 766-9137.