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Supreme Court to decide on basis for denying family visas

If you were born in the United States, you may not understand how difficult it is to get citizenship in our country. It's a long process filled with applications, the possible need for sponsorship, and a long list of federal laws that may be incredibly difficult to understand without proper legal help. And in the end, there is no guarantee that an application for citizenship will be approved in the end.

As some of our New York readers know, when a visa petition is denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, the denial letter usually cites a reason why and tells the petitioner how they may appeal. But what happens if the reason is too vague and offers little explanation for why the application was denied? What if this lack of information is standing in your way of moving forward with an immigration application?

The case of Din v. Kerry exemplifies these questions perfectly and is partially the reason why the U.S. Supreme Court is set to look into the issue behind these questions. Depending on how the higher court decides, the case could force the government to provide better explanation for why a visa application has been denied, especially in instances where the grounds for denial were because of "terrorism-related reasons."

On top of highlighting the complexity of immigration laws in our country, the issue before the Supreme Court further illustrates the necessity of getting the right help when dealing with complicated legal issues. Obtaining a lawyer can make sure that you are following the immigration process to the letter of the law and that the agencies in charge of immigration are not violating your rights as well.

Source: Courthouse News Service, “Basis for Visa Denial Will Go Before High Court,” Barbara Leonard, Oct. 2, 2014

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