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Your next steps after an unfavorable immigration decision

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2023 | Immigration Law

Regardless of your specific goals, you will find the immigration process to be complex, confusing and overwhelming. Many who dream of coming to the United States to live and work in Florida are not initially successful due to factors that include a backlog of applications, strict eligibility requirements and more. After an unfavorable decision from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you may wonder if there are additional steps you can take that may allow you to reach your goals.

If your application was denied, this does not necessarily mean it is the end of the road for you. There are options through appeals or motions that could allow you to pursue a different outcome to your immigration case. Whether you want to secure a visa for permission to work on a certain job, or you want to reunite with your family already residing in the United States, it is helpful to know your options for continued pursuit of your immigration goals.

What can you do?

After a denied immigration application, you have options available to you. Instead of feeling hopeless regarding the outcome of your case, you will benefit from taking immediate action to learn about the next steps and move forward with the most effective and best course of action for your case. You may move forward with an appeal, which is the step of asking a different authority, such as the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or the Board of Immigration Appeals, to review your case and the unfavorable decision.

A motion is a formal request filed with the USCIS to reconsider the unfavorable decision or reopen your case. When filing an appeal or a motion, you have a limited window of time in which you can do these things. There are also requirements about where you can file your appeal and what you need to submit when seeking an appeal or filing a motion.

The complexities of the immigration process

The immigration process can be remarkably complex, especially if you have already received a notice of an unfavorable outcome. You will benefit from seeking guidance from a professional who can provide you with assistance at every step of the process, from completing the initial paperwork to pursuing post-decision options. If you are unsure of where to start, it may help to seek an assessment of your case as an initial step.