Navigating the complexities of the U.S. immigration process can be challenging , and sometimes you may find yourself in need of additional help. One often-overlooked resource is your local U.S. Congressman or Senator. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to seek assistance from your representatives in Congress and provide some tips on improving your chances of getting the help you need .
Step 1: Identify Your Representatives
Your first step is to find out who your representatives are in Congress. You have one representative in the House and two senators. Locate your representatives by visiting the following websites:
- House of Representatives:https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Step 2: Research Their Positions on Immigration
Before reaching out, research your representatives’ positions on immigration issues to understand their stance and how likely they are to be helpful. Keep in mind that even Republican representatives may help with stuck cases .
Step 3: Prepare Your Case
Gather all relevant information about your immigration case, such as case numbers, receipts, forms, and correspondence with immigration authorities, to help your representative understand your situation and provide appropriate assistance .
Step 4: Draft a Letter or Email
Compose a clear and concise letter or email explaining your situation, the assistance you need, and why your case deserves attention. Include your full name, address, phone number, and email address for easy contact .
Step 5: Attach Documentation
Attach copies of relevant documents, such as application forms, receipts, and correspondence with immigration authorities, to your letter or email .
Step 6: Send Your Request
Contact your representative’s office through their preferred method, which could be email or an online form. Make sure to follow their preferred method of contact .
Step 7: Follow Up
If you don’t hear back within a reasonable time (usually 2-4 weeks), follow up with a phone call to their office. Politely inquire about the status of your request and ask if there’s any additional information you can provide .
Step 8: Be Patient
Congressional offices receive many requests for assistance, and it may take some time for them to work on your case. Be patient and maintain a professional and respectful attitude throughout the process .
Your representatives are there to serve their constituents, which includes helping with immigration issues. However, they cannot guarantee a favorable outcome or bypass the law. They can only advocate on your behalf and help you navigate the process .
If your case is outside normal and reasonable processing times, consider filing a Writ of Mandamus lawsuit against USCIS to get your case decided quickly . This will not cause retaliation or denial. If you need help with your case, contact Shepelsky Law today – a strong attorney can make a difference in getting your case moving .