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What to Do After Receiving a Denial from USCIS
If you have been denied by USCIS, your immigration journey is not necessarily over.
You have many options, including:
- Filing an appeal or motion to review an unfavorable decision
- Or reopen your case based on additional facts
If you appeal the decision, it will be reviewed by either the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) or the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). In other words, a separate entity will review your case and make a separate decision.
If you file a motion, on the other hand, you are petitioning USCIS to revisit its decision and evaluate whether it reached the correct result. Choosing whether to file a motion or appeal your decision will require you to consult an experienced immigration attorney and develop a thoughtful strategy.
Who Can File an Appeal or Related Motion?
Complications arise when a person other than a beneficiary of the petitioner attempts to file an appeal or motion to revisit the decision.
Generally, only the petitioner may file an appeal or motion, but there are exceptions in cases involving petitions for immigrant workers. Under such circumstances, beneficiaries of alien workers may potentially appeal an unfavorable decision, provided certain paperwork is in order.
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We have served clients in New York City and Manhattan for over a decade, helping people like you navigate the challenges and complexities of the American immigration system. If you are discouraged or disappointed by the decision you have received from USCIS or another immigration agency, it’s time to get an experienced immigration advocate on your side.
The immigration system is one of the most well-funded and resourced collection of agencies in the United States. As such, you need a team that will not hesitate to advocate for your rights.
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When you receive a decision from USCIS, the written notice of your decision will provide you with some information about your rights regarding appeals and related motions. You must exercise your rights and file an appeal no more than 30 days after receiving your initial decision.
To improve your chances of obtaining a better resolution during the next phase of your case, it is in your best interests to work with a qualified attorney and submit a brief along with your appeal.
The amount of time you can expect to wait to receive a decision will likely depend on the nature of your appeal or the administrative body reviewing your case.
With our immigration appeals team on your side, you will have all the information you need to develop realistic expectations and take positive, informed steps toward a more favorable outcome.
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