On November 13, 2007, our office received E-mails from the US Attorney’s Office and the Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security separately informing us that the client for whom Lin & Valdez filed a Writ of Mandamus and Petition for Hearing on Naturalization Application to the U.S. District Court on October 11, 2007 has been approved for naturalization. After the lawsuit against the government was filed, our client was scheduled for a fingerprint appointment on October 30, 2007. Within two weeks, the fingerprint was cleared and our client is now scheduled for the oath ceremony of November 28, 2007.
This is the second case we resolved within the past 30 days for the client’s naturalization application problem.
In this case, our client filed her naturalization petition in September of 2004. She was interviewed by the USCIS in February of 2005. Nevertheless, after the interview, our client was informed and asked to wait for the clearance of fingerprint and background check. In the interim, our client’s husband is waiting for the approval to the naturalization petition for his adjustment of status. They went to the USCIS to inquire about the processing, had the help of US congressman to push the processing, and wrote to the USCIS, but all to no avail. Finally, we filed the Writ of Mandamus against the government to the Federal Court, and resolved this problem speedily.
We appreciate the quick response of the Government for resolving this matter, but wonder why our client has to go that far to have the resolution. Tens of thousands of people have been held in the clearance stage, and injustice, misfortune and hardship have been caused. People have to pay higher filing fees and wait a lot longer to apply for their families. A lot of asylees are waiting for citizenship to be able to return to their countries to visit their elderly parents. If you believe the waiting has caused hardship to you, please contact Lin & Valdez immediately. We will fight for your right and bring the case to the Federal Court!