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1 hour ago, powerpuff said:

Another success story for Department of state WOM:

 

Funny when the security checks almost magically finish when court deadline is due . Hilarious USCIS . they will make your run round and round and make life miserable until you take them to court. and than they shrink like a squirrel and approve the visa 

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On 4/30/2023 at 9:06 PM, igoyougoduke said:

What is a Mandamus ?

A (writ ofmandamus is an order from a court to an inferior government official ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion. In case of immigration it deals with asking Courts to intervene when USCIS is not performing its task of adjudicating immigration petition within 180 days of filing date. Congress as part of immigration law has written the law that USCIS should adjudicate petitions at the max period of 180 days ( as per 8 USC CHAPTER 13) ( link: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title8/chapter13/subchapter2&edition=prelim#:~:text=It is the sense of,days after the filing of

 

 

Here is the basic essence of wom process :

 

Step 1: Draft and File complaint against Uscis . This will be the defendant. In the current scenario of April 2023, Mayorkas is the head of DHS or Jaddou is USCIS head. Court has a format for a civil complaint and a template (example of template from a court in San Francisco https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/pro-se/legal-help-center-templates-and-packets/General-Complaint-Packet_12-1-2020.pdf). You can download it from local court website . You are filing the complaint as a "Pro Se" meaning yourself without a help of lawyer.

 

The complaint will need the following information

1) Nature of the Complaint:

 

You can write the complaint in simple English using the above template document and asking for something like below :

 

Iam so and so( include your name ) who has filed for I-XXX( xxx can be the form ( i-131, i-485, i-751)  with  receipt number  WAC21900XXXX  and it was filed with Uscis on date (dd-mmm-yyyy) and Uscis is expected to adjudicate  hold interview within 180 days of receiving the application as per 8 USC code 1186b. You can add more information about your petition as needed.

 

2) Second part is jurisdiction in the compliant .

 

You can says that the court has jurisdiction cause you live there as per  8 USC 1391(e) where you are resident of the jurisdiction and the defendant is a United States officer .You are allowed to file the case in your local jurisdiction aka district  you reside if the defendant is a United States officer

 

3) Third part in the complaint is statement of facts . This is where you tell the court why courts need to step in and tell Uscis to adjudicate the case. You are asking the courts to intervene as USCIS has not performed its duty assigned by Congress to adjudicate your case within 180 days of filing. ( see attachment X)

 

So most complaints don’t go for trial and the us attorney will reach out to you over phone to discuss an agreement. Us attorney will call and say “ hey we won’t need a trial but we can get you a decision  on your case in. 90/120/150 days “

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Going back to statement of facts is where you write the story . The courts needs to know why they need intervene and it is for you to tell them why ?. You can say something like below 

 

You talk about the i-131/i-485/i-751 Petition you filed .  You filed your i-131/485/751 on date dd-mm-yyyy.( see attachment 1)  you completed biometrics on dd-mm-yyyy date and it has been XX months since you filed and you have not got a decision on your case . 

 

Uscis current processing time for i-131/485/751.is now about XX months which is 10x the time set by Congress in immigration act of 1990 as per 8 USC 1186b . Congress  has set a guidelines of 180 days for Uscis to conduct to adjudicate the petition 

 

To close it out you can say USCIS has violated. 8USC 1186b or an immigration law section 8 USC XXXX ( read immigration law here https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/chapter-12)  and failed to adjudicate your case as set by Congress.

 

4) Last part of the complaint is relief

 

This is where you ask what court should do.You ask for court to enter a mandate time to adjudicate the petition. You sign the complaint at the end

 

That is the end of complaint and your mandamus (Writ of Mandamus) 

 

It should be about 4-5 pages max

 

5) Attachments 

You attach a print out of your i-131/485/751 receipt, green card( if applicable)  , USCIS processing time print out from USCIS.gov website

 

Along with complaint you need the following 

1) civil cover sheet 

2) summons

 

 

Here is a

link for civil cover sheet https://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/assets/File/JS_044.pdf. ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

link to summons https://www.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/ao440.pdf ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

 

 

Step 2: Filing the complaint with court:

 

Once you have the complaint and civil cover sheet and summons go to the local district court,Remember it is DISTRICT court

 

Go to the clerk at the court and tell you have a civil case to file . This has to be in person . They will review the documents . Make fourh copies of complaint and 4 copies of civil cover sheet and 4 copies of summons

 

Make a check for 402$ for filing fee

 

Once the clerk accepts the complaint they will take two copies of all documents .1 for court and 1 for chambers . They will give you 2 copy stamped for you (one copy for you and one backup) . You will get a case number assigned and like 500 pages of instructions

 

So now your complaint has been filed with Court. You now have to send a copy of complaint, Summons, Civil Cover Sheet and all the instructions that Court gave you to the defendant. 

 

Step 3 Serving the Complaint to defendants (USCIS/DHS) : 

So now the complaint is filed with court. Once the complaint is filed . You make like 4 copies of your complaint that was stamped by the court. You also make 4 copies of the documents given to you by court

 

So you should now have 4 copies of your complaint , civil cover sheet, summons and instructions from court

 

Now you need to serve three people 1) US attorney in your district 2 ) attorney general in Washington DC 3) Uscis office general counsel in Washington DC

 

Take stamped complaint , civil cover sheet , summon, court instructions and send them via usps certified mail to the above 3 officers 

 

Address for US attorney can be obtained by calling your local us attorney office

 

USCIS General counsel can he served at office of attorney counsel ,dhs, 2701 Martin Luther jr ave, Washington DC, 20528-0485

 

Attorney general of United States office can be served at : US department of justice, 950 Pennsylvania ave, Washington DC 20530-0001

 

So now the complaint is served to three people 1) US Attorney in your district 2) Attorney General 3) General Counsel at USCIS/DHS

 

The clock now starts for 60 window before which the District Attorney will give you a phone call to negotiate. 

Wait, so you file a Writ of Mandamus without a lawyer?

 

I was under the impression filing one of these on behalf of oneself is complete Visa Suicide / Petition Suicide. 

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On 5/17/2023 at 11:23 AM, Inveigh said:

Wait, so you file a Writ of Mandamus without a lawyer?

 

I was under the impression filing one of these on behalf of oneself is complete Visa Suicide / Petition Suicide. 

that is correct. i filed the WOM by myself without any lawyer. Its not for everyone but this guide for those that want but dont know how to. Filing WOM has no deleterious effect on a petition. that is a misconception that somehow USCIS will deny your petition if you file WOM. Fact is they dont really care..

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On 4/30/2023 at 9:06 PM, igoyougoduke said:

What is a Mandamus ?

A (writ ofmandamus is an order from a court to an inferior government official ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion. In case of immigration it deals with asking Courts to intervene when USCIS is not performing its task of adjudicating immigration petition within 180 days of filing date. Congress as part of immigration law has written the law that USCIS should adjudicate petitions at the max period of 180 days ( as per 8 USC CHAPTER 13) ( link: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title8/chapter13/subchapter2&edition=prelim#:~:text=It is the sense of,days after the filing of

 

 

Here is the basic essence of wom process :

 

Step 1: Draft and File complaint against Uscis . This will be the defendant. In the current scenario of April 2023, Mayorkas is the head of DHS or Jaddou is USCIS head. Court has a format for a civil complaint and a template (example of template from a court in San Francisco https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/pro-se/legal-help-center-templates-and-packets/General-Complaint-Packet_12-1-2020.pdf). You can download it from local court website . You are filing the complaint as a "Pro Se" meaning yourself without a help of lawyer.

 

The complaint will need the following information

1) Nature of the Complaint:

 

You can write the complaint in simple English using the above template document and asking for something like below :

 

Iam so and so( include your name ) who has filed for I-XXX( xxx can be the form ( i-131, i-485, i-751)  with  receipt number  WAC21900XXXX  and it was filed with Uscis on date (dd-mmm-yyyy) and Uscis is expected to adjudicate  hold interview within 180 days of receiving the application as per 8 USC code 1186b. You can add more information about your petition as needed.

 

2) Second part is jurisdiction in the compliant .

 

You can says that the court has jurisdiction cause you live there as per  8 USC 1391(e) where you are resident of the jurisdiction and the defendant is a United States officer .You are allowed to file the case in your local jurisdiction aka district  you reside if the defendant is a United States officer

 

3) Third part in the complaint is statement of facts . This is where you tell the court why courts need to step in and tell Uscis to adjudicate the case. You are asking the courts to intervene as USCIS has not performed its duty assigned by Congress to adjudicate your case within 180 days of filing. ( see attachment X)

 

So most complaints don’t go for trial and the us attorney will reach out to you over phone to discuss an agreement. Us attorney will call and say “ hey we won’t need a trial but we can get you a decision  on your case in. 90/120/150 days “

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Going back to statement of facts is where you write the story . The courts needs to know why they need intervene and it is for you to tell them why ?. You can say something like below 

 

You talk about the i-131/i-485/i-751 Petition you filed .  You filed your i-131/485/751 on date dd-mm-yyyy.( see attachment 1)  you completed biometrics on dd-mm-yyyy date and it has been XX months since you filed and you have not got a decision on your case . 

 

Uscis current processing time for i-131/485/751.is now about XX months which is 10x the time set by Congress in immigration act of 1990 as per 8 USC 1186b . Congress  has set a guidelines of 180 days for Uscis to conduct to adjudicate the petition 

 

To close it out you can say USCIS has violated. 8USC 1186b or an immigration law section 8 USC XXXX ( read immigration law here https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/chapter-12)  and failed to adjudicate your case as set by Congress.

 

4) Last part of the complaint is relief

 

This is where you ask what court should do.You ask for court to enter a mandate time to adjudicate the petition. You sign the complaint at the end

 

That is the end of complaint and your mandamus (Writ of Mandamus) 

 

It should be about 4-5 pages max

 

5) Attachments 

You attach a print out of your i-131/485/751 receipt, green card( if applicable)  , USCIS processing time print out from USCIS.gov website

 

Along with complaint you need the following 

1) civil cover sheet 

2) summons

 

 

Here is a

link for civil cover sheet https://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/assets/File/JS_044.pdf. ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

link to summons https://www.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/ao440.pdf ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

 

 

Step 2: Filing the complaint with court:

 

Once you have the complaint and civil cover sheet and summons go to the local district court,Remember it is DISTRICT court

 

Go to the clerk at the court and tell you have a civil case to file . This has to be in person . They will review the documents . Make fourh copies of complaint and 4 copies of civil cover sheet and 4 copies of summons

 

Make a check for 402$ for filing fee

 

Once the clerk accepts the complaint they will take two copies of all documents .1 for court and 1 for chambers . They will give you 2 copy stamped for you (one copy for you and one backup) . You will get a case number assigned and like 500 pages of instructions

 

So now your complaint has been filed with Court. You now have to send a copy of complaint, Summons, Civil Cover Sheet and all the instructions that Court gave you to the defendant. 

 

Step 3 Serving the Complaint to defendants (USCIS/DHS) : 

So now the complaint is filed with court. Once the complaint is filed . You make like 4 copies of your complaint that was stamped by the court. You also make 4 copies of the documents given to you by court

 

So you should now have 4 copies of your complaint , civil cover sheet, summons and instructions from court

 

Now you need to serve three people 1) US attorney in your district 2 ) attorney general in Washington DC 3) Uscis office general counsel in Washington DC

 

Take stamped complaint , civil cover sheet , summon, court instructions and send them via usps certified mail to the above 3 officers 

 

Address for US attorney can be obtained by calling your local us attorney office

 

USCIS General counsel can he served at office of attorney counsel ,dhs, 2701 Martin Luther jr ave, Washington DC, 20528-0485

 

Attorney general of United States office can be served at : US department of justice, 950 Pennsylvania ave, Washington DC 20530-0001

 

So now the complaint is served to three people 1) US Attorney in your district 2) Attorney General 3) General Counsel at USCIS/DHS

 

The clock now starts for 60 window before which the District Attorney will give you a phone call to negotiate. 

Any idea if the same can be filed against DOS for a significant delay in J1 waiver adjudication?

 

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On 4/30/2023 at 8:06 PM, igoyougoduke said:

What is a Mandamus ?

A (writ ofmandamus is an order from a court to an inferior government official ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion. In case of immigration it deals with asking Courts to intervene when USCIS is not performing its task of adjudicating immigration petition within 180 days of filing date. Congress as part of immigration law has written the law that USCIS should adjudicate petitions at the max period of 180 days ( as per 8 USC CHAPTER 13) ( link: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title8/chapter13/subchapter2&edition=prelim#:~:text=It is the sense of,days after the filing of

 

 

Here is the basic essence of wom process :

 

Step 1: Draft and File complaint against Uscis . This will be the defendant. In the current scenario of April 2023, Mayorkas is the head of DHS or Jaddou is USCIS head. Court has a format for a civil complaint and a template (example of template from a court in San Francisco https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/pro-se/legal-help-center-templates-and-packets/General-Complaint-Packet_12-1-2020.pdf). You can download it from local court website . You are filing the complaint as a "Pro Se" meaning yourself without a help of lawyer.

 

The complaint will need the following information

1) Nature of the Complaint:

 

You can write the complaint in simple English using the above template document and asking for something like below :

 

Iam so and so( include your name ) who has filed for I-XXX( xxx can be the form ( i-131, i-485, i-751)  with  receipt number  WAC21900XXXX  and it was filed with Uscis on date (dd-mmm-yyyy) and Uscis is expected to adjudicate  hold interview within 180 days of receiving the application as per 8 USC code 1186b. You can add more information about your petition as needed.

 

2) Second part is jurisdiction in the compliant .

 

You can says that the court has jurisdiction cause you live there as per  8 USC 1391(e) where you are resident of the jurisdiction and the defendant is a United States officer .You are allowed to file the case in your local jurisdiction aka district  you reside if the defendant is a United States officer

 

3) Third part in the complaint is statement of facts . This is where you tell the court why courts need to step in and tell Uscis to adjudicate the case. You are asking the courts to intervene as USCIS has not performed its duty assigned by Congress to adjudicate your case within 180 days of filing. ( see attachment X)

 

So most complaints don’t go for trial and the us attorney will reach out to you over phone to discuss an agreement. Us attorney will call and say “ hey we won’t need a trial but we can get you a decision  on your case in. 90/120/150 days “

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Going back to statement of facts is where you write the story . The courts needs to know why they need intervene and it is for you to tell them why ?. You can say something like below 

 

You talk about the i-131/i-485/i-751 Petition you filed .  You filed your i-131/485/751 on date dd-mm-yyyy.( see attachment 1)  you completed biometrics on dd-mm-yyyy date and it has been XX months since you filed and you have not got a decision on your case . 

 

Uscis current processing time for i-131/485/751.is now about XX months which is 10x the time set by Congress in immigration act of 1990 as per 8 USC 1186b . Congress  has set a guidelines of 180 days for Uscis to conduct to adjudicate the petition 

 

To close it out you can say USCIS has violated. 8USC 1186b or an immigration law section 8 USC XXXX ( read immigration law here https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/chapter-12)  and failed to adjudicate your case as set by Congress.

 

4) Last part of the complaint is relief

 

This is where you ask what court should do.You ask for court to enter a mandate time to adjudicate the petition. You sign the complaint at the end

 

That is the end of complaint and your mandamus (Writ of Mandamus) 

 

It should be about 4-5 pages max

 

5) Attachments 

You attach a print out of your i-131/485/751 receipt, green card( if applicable)  , USCIS processing time print out from USCIS.gov website

 

Along with complaint you need the following 

1) civil cover sheet 

2) summons

 

 

Here is a

link for civil cover sheet https://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/assets/File/JS_044.pdf. ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

link to summons https://www.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/ao440.pdf ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

 

 

Step 2: Filing the complaint with court:

 

Once you have the complaint and civil cover sheet and summons go to the local district court,Remember it is DISTRICT court

 

Go to the clerk at the court and tell you have a civil case to file . This has to be in person . They will review the documents . Make fourh copies of complaint and 4 copies of civil cover sheet and 4 copies of summons

 

Make a check for 402$ for filing fee

 

Once the clerk accepts the complaint they will take two copies of all documents .1 for court and 1 for chambers . They will give you 2 copy stamped for you (one copy for you and one backup) . You will get a case number assigned and like 500 pages of instructions

 

So now your complaint has been filed with Court. You now have to send a copy of complaint, Summons, Civil Cover Sheet and all the instructions that Court gave you to the defendant. 

 

Step 3 Serving the Complaint to defendants (USCIS/DHS) : 

So now the complaint is filed with court. Once the complaint is filed . You make like 4 copies of your complaint that was stamped by the court. You also make 4 copies of the documents given to you by court

 

So you should now have 4 copies of your complaint , civil cover sheet, summons and instructions from court

 

Now you need to serve three people 1) US attorney in your district 2 ) attorney general in Washington DC 3) Uscis office general counsel in Washington DC

 

Take stamped complaint , civil cover sheet , summon, court instructions and send them via usps certified mail to the above 3 officers 

 

Address for US attorney can be obtained by calling your local us attorney office

 

USCIS General counsel can he served at office of attorney counsel ,dhs, 2701 Martin Luther jr ave, Washington DC, 20528-0485

 

Attorney general of United States office can be served at : US department of justice, 950 Pennsylvania ave, Washington DC 20530-0001

 

So now the complaint is served to three people 1) US Attorney in your district 2) Attorney General 3) General Counsel at USCIS/DHS

 

The clock now starts for 60 window before which the District Attorney will give you a phone call to negotiate. 

Thank you for the awesome and detailed WOM process @igoyougoduke. I am really tempted to start the WOM process for my case. It's just a long process.
Submitted my I-751 since Nov 2019 and nothing yet. Its been 43 months and 3 weeks. I just saw another post that newer cases are getting approved faster? That is really upsetting..
And calling USCIS to get my extension ADIT stamp has been really frustrating as well. They don't allow people to set up appt to go to the field office to get the stamp anymore and they will mail you the stamp. I have to wait for 15 "Business" days for field office to contact me to inform me that they will mail it out. And its been 14 days in my books but its not in theirs.. they set the time but kept extending them... And it will take them 7 days to mail it out. By that time, I think my current stamp will be expired. Just very frustrating.. :( 
Sorry I'm just venting... I wish and pray that someone will contact me soon. 

I saw your timeline your ROC got approved? That's great!

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2 hours ago, LynetteMN said:

Thank you for the awesome and detailed WOM process @igoyougoduke. I am really tempted to start the WOM process for my case. It's just a long process.
Submitted my I-751 since Nov 2019 and nothing yet. Its been 43 months and 3 weeks. I just saw another post that newer cases are getting approved faster? That is really upsetting..
And calling USCIS to get my extension ADIT stamp has been really frustrating as well. They don't allow people to set up appt to go to the field office to get the stamp anymore and they will mail you the stamp. I have to wait for 15 "Business" days for field office to contact me to inform me that they will mail it out. And its been 14 days in my books but its not in theirs.. they set the time but kept extending them... And it will take them 7 days to mail it out. By that time, I think my current stamp will be expired. Just very frustrating.. :( 
Sorry I'm just venting... I wish and pray that someone will contact me soon. 

I saw your timeline your ROC got approved? That's great!

Thank you Lynette for the kind words. Iam here to help those that have this frustrating experience. Feel free to reach out to me should you need any assistance 

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On 4/30/2023 at 8:06 PM, igoyougoduke said:

What is a Mandamus ?

A (writ ofmandamus is an order from a court to an inferior government official ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion. In case of immigration it deals with asking Courts to intervene when USCIS is not performing its task of adjudicating immigration petition within 180 days of filing date. Congress as part of immigration law has written the law that USCIS should adjudicate petitions at the max period of 180 days ( as per 8 USC CHAPTER 13) ( link: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title8/chapter13/subchapter2&edition=prelim#:~:text=It is the sense of,days after the filing of

 

 

Here is the basic essence of wom process :

 

Step 1: Draft and File complaint against Uscis . This will be the defendant. In the current scenario of April 2023, Mayorkas is the head of DHS or Jaddou is USCIS head. Court has a format for a civil complaint and a template (example of template from a court in San Francisco https://www.cand.uscourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/pro-se/legal-help-center-templates-and-packets/General-Complaint-Packet_12-1-2020.pdf). You can download it from local court website . You are filing the complaint as a "Pro Se" meaning yourself without a help of lawyer.

 

The complaint will need the following information

1) Nature of the Complaint:

 

You can write the complaint in simple English using the above template document and asking for something like below :

 

Iam so and so( include your name ) who has filed for I-XXX( xxx can be the form ( i-131, i-485, i-751)  with  receipt number  WAC21900XXXX  and it was filed with Uscis on date (dd-mmm-yyyy) and Uscis is expected to adjudicate  hold interview within 180 days of receiving the application as per 8 USC code 1186b. You can add more information about your petition as needed.

 

2) Second part is jurisdiction in the compliant .

 

You can says that the court has jurisdiction cause you live there as per  8 USC 1391(e) where you are resident of the jurisdiction and the defendant is a United States officer .You are allowed to file the case in your local jurisdiction aka district  you reside if the defendant is a United States officer

 

3) Third part in the complaint is statement of facts . This is where you tell the court why courts need to step in and tell Uscis to adjudicate the case. You are asking the courts to intervene as USCIS has not performed its duty assigned by Congress to adjudicate your case within 180 days of filing. ( see attachment X)

 

So most complaints don’t go for trial and the us attorney will reach out to you over phone to discuss an agreement. Us attorney will call and say “ hey we won’t need a trial but we can get you a decision  on your case in. 90/120/150 days “

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Going back to statement of facts is where you write the story . The courts needs to know why they need intervene and it is for you to tell them why ?. You can say something like below 

 

You talk about the i-131/i-485/i-751 Petition you filed .  You filed your i-131/485/751 on date dd-mm-yyyy.( see attachment 1)  you completed biometrics on dd-mm-yyyy date and it has been XX months since you filed and you have not got a decision on your case . 

 

Uscis current processing time for i-131/485/751.is now about XX months which is 10x the time set by Congress in immigration act of 1990 as per 8 USC 1186b . Congress  has set a guidelines of 180 days for Uscis to conduct to adjudicate the petition 

 

To close it out you can say USCIS has violated. 8USC 1186b or an immigration law section 8 USC XXXX ( read immigration law here https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/chapter-12)  and failed to adjudicate your case as set by Congress.

 

4) Last part of the complaint is relief

 

This is where you ask what court should do.You ask for court to enter a mandate time to adjudicate the petition. You sign the complaint at the end

 

That is the end of complaint and your mandamus (Writ of Mandamus) 

 

It should be about 4-5 pages max

 

5) Attachments 

You attach a print out of your i-131/485/751 receipt, green card( if applicable)  , USCIS processing time print out from USCIS.gov website

 

Along with complaint you need the following 

1) civil cover sheet 

2) summons

 

 

Here is a

link for civil cover sheet https://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/assets/File/JS_044.pdf. ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

link to summons https://www.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/ao440.pdf ( search your own local federal court for the correct form )

 

 

Step 2: Filing the complaint with court:

 

Once you have the complaint and civil cover sheet and summons go to the local district court,Remember it is DISTRICT court

 

Go to the clerk at the court and tell you have a civil case to file . This has to be in person . They will review the documents . Make fourh copies of complaint and 4 copies of civil cover sheet and 4 copies of summons

 

Make a check for 402$ for filing fee

 

Once the clerk accepts the complaint they will take two copies of all documents .1 for court and 1 for chambers . They will give you 2 copy stamped for you (one copy for you and one backup) . You will get a case number assigned and like 500 pages of instructions

 

So now your complaint has been filed with Court. You now have to send a copy of complaint, Summons, Civil Cover Sheet and all the instructions that Court gave you to the defendant. 

 

Step 3 Serving the Complaint to defendants (USCIS/DHS) : 

So now the complaint is filed with court. Once the complaint is filed . You make like 4 copies of your complaint that was stamped by the court. You also make 4 copies of the documents given to you by court

 

So you should now have 4 copies of your complaint , civil cover sheet, summons and instructions from court

 

Now you need to serve three people 1) US attorney in your district 2 ) attorney general in Washington DC 3) Uscis office general counsel in Washington DC

 

Take stamped complaint , civil cover sheet , summon, court instructions and send them via usps certified mail to the above 3 officers 

 

Address for US attorney can be obtained by calling your local us attorney office

 

USCIS General counsel can he served at office of attorney counsel ,dhs, 2701 Martin Luther jr ave, Washington DC, 20528-0485

 

Attorney general of United States office can be served at : US department of justice, 950 Pennsylvania ave, Washington DC 20530-0001

 

So now the complaint is served to three people 1) US Attorney in your district 2) Attorney General 3) General Counsel at USCIS/DHS

 

The clock now starts for 60 window before which the District Attorney will give you a phone call to negotiate. 

 

For Consular Processing cases undergoing Administrative Processing, do you know who the defendants would be besides the Ambassador of the US Consulate?

EB-2 NIW in AP since May 2023

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On 5/18/2023 at 5:22 PM, igoyougoduke said:

that is correct. i filed the WOM by myself without any lawyer. Its not for everyone but this guide for those that want but dont know how to. Filing WOM has no deleterious effect on a petition. that is a misconception that somehow USCIS will deny your petition if you file WOM. Fact is they dont really care..

I very much appreciate your guidance here. I am initiating the process as well. I am not a lawyer, although am in a somewhat germane field. I am curious if you resorted to any resources beyond the review of various sample WOMs to imitate the language? I am asking mostly because I added a few more arguments than what I saw elsewhere and was wondering if it makes sense to have a second set of eyes go over that to ensure I adhered to the 'legal writing' style. Any suggestions?

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The information on this post in regards to which attorneys need be served is not accurate (partially be cause the addresses change).

 

This post says: you need to serve three people

1) US attorney in your district - (I know this already)

2 ) attorney general in Washington DC  - (Should his be attorney general of the United states or attorney general for Washington DC because both are in Washington ?)

3) Uscis office general counsel in Washington DC - (Should this be general counsel of DHS or USCIS Chief Counsel, because they are 2 different people ?)

 

2) This post says: "Attorney general of United States office can be served at : US department of justice, 950 Pennsylvania ave, Washington DC 20530-0001"

The 950 Pennsylvania address is for Merrick Garland, Attorney General of the United States and not the "attorney general in Washington DC ." The address of attorney general for Washington DC is Brian Schwalb, 400 6th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

 

3) USCIS General counsel can he served at : office of attorney counsel ,dhs, 2701 Martin Luther jr ave, Washington DC, 20528-0485

The address that I am getting for DHS General counsel is: Jonathan Meyer, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2707 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Mail Stop 0485, Washington, DC 20528-0485. (So 2707 not 2701)

However USCIS Chief Counsel is Ashley Tabaddor who does not seem to have any mailing address.

 

Can anyone please help me out? Who do I need to serve the Writ of Mandamus to?

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15 hours ago, Onepotential said:

The information on this post in regards to which attorneys need be served is not accurate (partially be cause the addresses change).

 

This post says: you need to serve three people

1) US attorney in your district - (I know this already)

2 ) attorney general in Washington DC  - (Should his be attorney general of the United states or attorney general for Washington DC because both are in Washington ?)

3) Uscis office general counsel in Washington DC - (Should this be general counsel of DHS or USCIS Chief Counsel, because they are 2 different people ?)

 

2) This post says: "Attorney general of United States office can be served at : US department of justice, 950 Pennsylvania ave, Washington DC 20530-0001"

The 950 Pennsylvania address is for Merrick Garland, Attorney General of the United States and not the "attorney general in Washington DC ." The address of attorney general for Washington DC is Brian Schwalb, 400 6th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

 

3) USCIS General counsel can he served at : office of attorney counsel ,dhs, 2701 Martin Luther jr ave, Washington DC, 20528-0485

The address that I am getting for DHS General counsel is: Jonathan Meyer, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2707 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Mail Stop 0485, Washington, DC 20528-0485. (So 2707 not 2701)

However USCIS Chief Counsel is Ashley Tabaddor who does not seem to have any mailing address.

 

Can anyone please help me out? Who do I need to serve the Writ of Mandamus to?

@igoyougoduke?

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18 hours ago, Onepotential said:

The information on this post in regards to which attorneys need be served is not accurate (partially be cause the addresses change).

 

This post says: you need to serve three people

1) US attorney in your district - (I know this already)

2 ) attorney general in Washington DC  - (Should his be attorney general of the United states or attorney general for Washington DC because both are in Washington ?)

3) Uscis office general counsel in Washington DC - (Should this be general counsel of DHS or USCIS Chief Counsel, because they are 2 different people ?)

 

2) This post says: "Attorney general of United States office can be served at : US department of justice, 950 Pennsylvania ave, Washington DC 20530-0001"

The 950 Pennsylvania address is for Merrick Garland, Attorney General of the United States and not the "attorney general in Washington DC ." The address of attorney general for Washington DC is Brian Schwalb, 400 6th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

 

3) USCIS General counsel can he served at : office of attorney counsel ,dhs, 2701 Martin Luther jr ave, Washington DC, 20528-0485

The address that I am getting for DHS General counsel is: Jonathan Meyer, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2707 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Mail Stop 0485, Washington, DC 20528-0485. (So 2707 not 2701)

However USCIS Chief Counsel is Ashley Tabaddor who does not seem to have any mailing address.

 

Can anyone please help me out? Who do I need to serve the Writ of Mandamus to?

2) Attorney general of united states

3) DHS and USCIS are part of same umberlla office. you can serve DHS or USCIS . does not matter cause serving USCIS is optional. As long as 1 and 2 are served it is good. 3 is  courtesy.

 

duh

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