The US immigration process can be extremely frustrating, and to add to it, processing times are very unpredictable. It can take weeks to months to file an immigration case and to receive confirmation that your case is processing. Once your application is in processing, it can take months to years to receive a final decision on your case. Even then, it can be very difficult to get a clear answer on where your application stands. Here, we discuss what your options are if your immigration case is taking longer than normal below.
If you have a pending immigration case that is beyond normal processing times and you have used all available administrative actions to move the case forward, your congressional representative may be able to assist. We explain how to get help from your congressional representative when your immigration case has stalled.
The purpose of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman’s Office is to improve the quality of citizenship and immigration services by providing individual case assistance, identifying systemic issues, and making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits through USCIS. Here’s how—and when—to seek their assistance.