If you have filed an application to change your immigration status or you have received an unfavorable decision on another issue, you may feel like giving up. Unfortunately, that is the worst thing you could do. There are many options available that could reverse a decision that was not favorable to you at first. Immigration appeals are possible, but the process can be long and complicated. Our knowledgeable Chicago immigration appeals lawyers can inform you of your options and help you navigate the process.
Immigration appeals are handled by many different agencies in the United States. They include the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The AAO deals with appeals involving the following:
The BIA will deal with appeals involving the following:
Even if you are not successful with your appeal at this level, you may still be able to appeal your case to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. There are many different issues that could be taken to the Court of Appeals during the immigration process. These include habeas corpus petitions, mandamus actions, and APA actions. Regardless of the issues you are facing, these are complex legal actions. It is essential that you work with our Chicago immigration appeals lawyers, who can guide you through the process.
If you have received an unfavorable decision about your immigration issue, it is critical that you take action as soon as possible. In most cases, the time to appeal is limited to just 30 days after you receive the unfavorable decision. If you have not worked with an immigration lawyer before this time, it is critical that you work with one during the appeal process.
An attorney can review the original petition you submitted or the process you went through to understand the reason for denial. A lawyer will also prepare a strategy that can help you move forward with the appeal. A lawyer will also gather important information for your case. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, most appeals involving the AAO or the BIA rest largely on written briefs instead of oral arguments. These briefs are submitted to the immigration court. A lawyer will know how to draft these briefs so they are persuasive and effective.
Learning that your immigration petition has not been approved is very stressful. At Sverdloff Law Group, our experienced Chicago immigration appeals lawyers can guide you through the process and give you the best chance of a reversal. Call us now or contact us online to request a consultation and to learn more about how we can help.