During a recent conversation with miindia.com
, staff from the Office of Congresswoman Haley Stevens (11th District) indicated that they have been assisting residents seeking visa help with some exceptions.
Here is an update from Michael Tash, Casework Manger:
“While our office cannot assist with initial filings, once an application is filed, we can often assist with any roadblocks that may arise with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC) and more largely, the Department of State (DOS) – U.S. embassies and consulates. Depending on the classification of the visa, we may be able to advocate for an expedite based on a severe financial or medical hardships, humanitarian grounds and/or a clear administrative error.
People often come to our office seeking letters of introduction for visitor visa applicants (B-1/B-2 visas), when their application falls outside of the indicated processing windows and when there is uncertainty on next steps, commonly seen in administrative processing cases.
Again, we are here to do as much as we can, when and wherever we can!
Quick disclaimer: Many constituents come to our office, as H4 holders, who are about to be terminated from their jobs or are unable to secure employment without an Employment Authorization Document. Since USCIS presumes the H-1B holder is able to support all dependents financially, USCIS will only consider an expedite if the case demonstrates it best serves the best interests of the United States (urgent cases for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security or other national security) or is for extraordinary circumstances (natural disaster or medical emergency with an extended hospital stay). USCIS will not consider requests based solely on the loss of employment or future employment. With that said, our office has recently reached-out to USCIS headquarters to see how to best address these I-765 application processing delays.
Office of Congresswoman Haley Stevens
37695 Pembroke Avenue, Livonia, MI 48152-1050
Office: (734) 853-3040
Direct: (734) 853-3039
Fax: (833) 298-8467