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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

JUDGE AWARDS $25,000 IN LEGAL FEES IN MANDAMUS CASE

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A federal judge has ordered USCIS to pay attorney Kip Evan Steinberg $25,000 in legal fees after the lawyer's client sued the agency to force it to complete processing in an adjustment of status green card case. USCIS tried to point the finger at the FBI for delays in the name check process, but the judge wasn't buying. The judge found the 151 hours the lawyer put in to the case to be reasonable. So 151 attorney hours were wasted, an individual waited years unnecessarily and America's taxpayers are out $25,000. Think the judge was trying to send a message?

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  1. Dan's Avatar
    First time I heard USCIS been asked to pay for losing a case....is this usually happening?

  2. lagniappe's Avatar
    Greg,
    What is considered "reasonable time"? For instance, if its already been 1 year since one applied (and PD has been current for that whole time) but USCIS keeps pushing back processing time, will this be a case for WOM?
  3. 's Avatar
    Some body must sue USCIS for making false promises . WOM + False promises. Double whammy!

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