In late January 2023, a group of immigrants filed a class action lawsuit in a federal district court in Seattle against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The immigrants are suing over bureaucratic delays in processing unlawful presence waivers, leaving them and their legal statuses in limbo for years. Until USCIS decides their waivers, these individuals, spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, cannot become lawful permanent residents, i.e., get green cards. As a result, these individuals cannot legally work and have no legal status to remain in the U.S., which subjects them to removal at any time.
In the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018, USCIS took approximately four and one-half months to process provisional waiver applications. However, as of January 2023, USCIS is taking more than 31 months to process provisional waiver applications, which constitutes egregiously long delays that leave families without financial support and major uncertainty as to the ability of one spouse to remain in the country.
The attorneys and staff of Bashyam Global focus on providing legal assistance to individuals and businesses with immigration matters. As immigration law’s landscape continues to evolve rapidly, we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with regulation and policy changes as they occur. Together, we can work toward getting the legal relief that you are seeking. Contact our offices today at (919) 833-0840 and schedule an appointment to discuss your case.