Can I Appeal a Denied Immigration Application?

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You have likely made a generous effort toward your immigration application for the opportunity to become a citizen of the United States. So it is nothing short of devastating if your application ultimately gets denied by the immigration court. This is when an appeal may deem pivotal. Continue reading to learn whether you may appeal a denied immigration application and how an experienced Baltimore County, Maryland immigration appeals lawyer from the Sheri Hoidra Law Office, LLC can take you through this process.

Why might the USCIS deny my immigration application?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) holds strict guidelines when it comes to who they grant citizenship. This is why even the slightest error in your immigration application may prompt the USCIS to issue a denial. Examples of why the USCIS might have denied your application include the following:

  • You failed to answer all the questions and fill in all the blanks that were in your initial application (importantly, you must write “N/A” in sections that do not apply to you).
  • You failed to provide an adequate photo of yourself alongside your initial application (for example, your face cannot be covered and it cannot be a selfie).
  • You failed to provide an English translation for all your non-English documents and text submitted alongside your initial application.
  • You failed to provide your birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, or another important document alongside your initial application.

Is it possible to appeal a denied immigration application?

The short answer is, yes, it is possible to appeal your denied immigration application. More specifically, this is made doable by filing Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion. Of note, an appeal must be filed with the Administrative Appeals Office, while a motion must be filed with the USCIS office that issued the decision on your case.

With this, you must ensure that you submit any and all relevant evidence that supports your appeal or motion. This must go alongside a $675 filing fee. Overall, you must identify any erroneous conclusion of law or statement of fact that was made in the earlier decision.

You must keep in mind that there is a time limit for filing an appeal. That is, you may only have 30 days from the date on which the decision was made to deny your initial application. And depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your case, you may have a quicker turnaround time for bringing your appeal forward.

With all that being said, if an appeal is something you wish to kickstart today, then you must retain the services of a skilled Baltimore County, Maryland immigration lawyer from the Sheri Hoidra Law Office, LLC. We await sitting down with you at your initial consultation.