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Alternatives to Waiting
Jay Gairson
Gairson Law, LLC
jay@gairson.com
(206) 357-4218
Administrative Processing
• What is it
• How it can be avoided
• How to get out of it
What is Administrative Processing?
• A catch-all term for all post-interview processing before a final
visa decision is ma...
Why is Administrative Processing Slow?
• Advisory opinions:
– General
– Legal
– Security
• Fraud Review
• Supervisory Revi...
Advisory Opinions (AO)
• Legal: Questions of law as applied to fact
• Security: National security programs, 10 known (SAO)...
Security Advisory Opinions (SAO)
The Department of State Visas Menagerie:
Horse, Pegasus, Bear, Eagle, Hawk, Mantis,
Merli...
SAO Visas
Visas Horse:
Specific Nationalities
for A, C-3, and G visas
On Visa Issuance
No Hold
(CC0)
SAO Visas
Visas Pegasus:
Namecheck for Officials from the
Commonwealth of Independent
States
Waivable for DPT-00 to attend...
SAO Visas
Visas Bear:
Foreign Government Officials,
representatives to international
organizations, and their families
On ...
SAO Visas
Visas Eagle:
Namecheck
K, IV, Refugee
Cuba, China, Iran,
Vietnam, Russia
10 days auto-clear
Pre-issuance
(CC0)
SAO Visas
Visas Hawk:
NCIC III namecheck
All Immigrant Visas
except unmarried <16
Pre-clearance
(CC0)
SAO Visas
Visas Mantis:
Technology Alert List
Access to Restricted Tech
Key Impacts: F, J from
China, Iran, Russia, Cuba
P...
SAO Visas
Visas Merlin:
Refugees and Asylees
Pre-clearance
(CC BY) “Just a Prairie Boy”
SAO Visas
Visas Viper:
Recommendation to Add
Known or Suspected
Terrorists
to Watchlist
(CC0)
SAO Visas
Visas Condor:
Extra Screening
Pre-clearance, required
T-7: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North
Korea, Sudan, Syria
Li...
SAO Visas
Visas Donkey:
Pre-clearance, required
if Namecheck HIT/IDENT
Deconfliction
Proposed extension to
all applicants ...
SAO Problems
• Exponential Growth: Visas Condor, Donkey, Viper, and Mantis
• Database size, difficult to remove names
• Nu...
Avoiding Administrative Processing
• You cannot avoid it
• You CAN reduce its time impact by preloading the case
• Preload...
Preloading
• When to preload?
• Cases likely to receive additional scrutiny
• At every opportunity, even when the informat...
Extreme Vetting
• Proposed requests (Sec. Tillerson):
– 15 years: travel history, addresses,
detailed prior occupations & ...
Stuck! Now what?
1. Identify Reason, if possible
2. Inquire, wait 60 days inquire again
3. Escalate to supervisor
4. AILA ...
Miscellaneous Tips
• DOS is not always where a case is delayed:
• Reach out to other agencies, FOIA other agencies
• Don’t...
Client Management
• Be Upfront: warn about potential delays before filing anything
• Be Understanding, listen carefully to...
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Your client has waited for over a year to bring a loved relative to the United States. The last hurdle has come, the day of the immigrant visa interview. The interview passes and you get a panicked call, “the consular officer said we have to wait for a decision!” A week passes, no news. Two weeks pass, no news. You write the immigrant visa unit and ask what is going on and get the dreaded response, “the case is pending administrative processing. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.” Rather than pulling out your hair and gnashing your teeth, this webinar will go over techniques to identify the problem, calm the client down, and speed up the process.
How to avoid administrative processing (e.g., preloading your case).
When to wait and for how long.
How to identify the potential problem.
Exploring and exhausting your remedies.
Possibilities for litigation.

Featuring guest speaker. Jay Gairson

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Visa "Administrative Processing" - Alternatives to Waiting

  1. 1. Admin Processing Alternatives to Waiting Jay Gairson Gairson Law, LLC jay@gairson.com (206) 357-4218
  2. 2. Administrative Processing • What is it • How it can be avoided • How to get out of it
  3. 3. What is Administrative Processing? • A catch-all term for all post-interview processing before a final visa decision is made.
  4. 4. Why is Administrative Processing Slow? • Advisory opinions: – General – Legal – Security • Fraud Review • Supervisory Review • Mistakes
  5. 5. Advisory Opinions (AO) • Legal: Questions of law as applied to fact • Security: National security programs, 10 known (SAO) • General: Everything else, often procedural
  6. 6. Security Advisory Opinions (SAO) The Department of State Visas Menagerie: Horse, Pegasus, Bear, Eagle, Hawk, Mantis, Merlin, Viper, Condor, and Donkey
  7. 7. SAO Visas Visas Horse: Specific Nationalities for A, C-3, and G visas On Visa Issuance No Hold (CC0)
  8. 8. SAO Visas Visas Pegasus: Namecheck for Officials from the Commonwealth of Independent States Waivable for DPT-00 to attend pre-ministerial, ministerial, pre- summit, summit, and White House meetings. (cc by) Christine und Hagen Graf
  9. 9. SAO Visas Visas Bear: Foreign Government Officials, representatives to international organizations, and their families On Visa Issuance No Hold (CC0)
  10. 10. SAO Visas Visas Eagle: Namecheck K, IV, Refugee Cuba, China, Iran, Vietnam, Russia 10 days auto-clear Pre-issuance (CC0)
  11. 11. SAO Visas Visas Hawk: NCIC III namecheck All Immigrant Visas except unmarried <16 Pre-clearance (CC0)
  12. 12. SAO Visas Visas Mantis: Technology Alert List Access to Restricted Tech Key Impacts: F, J from China, Iran, Russia, Cuba Pre-clearance (CC0)
  13. 13. SAO Visas Visas Merlin: Refugees and Asylees Pre-clearance (CC BY) “Just a Prairie Boy”
  14. 14. SAO Visas Visas Viper: Recommendation to Add Known or Suspected Terrorists to Watchlist (CC0)
  15. 15. SAO Visas Visas Condor: Extra Screening Pre-clearance, required T-7: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Syria List of 26: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Yemen(CC BY) USFWS Pacific Southwest
  16. 16. SAO Visas Visas Donkey: Pre-clearance, required if Namecheck HIT/IDENT Deconfliction Proposed extension to all applicants from travel ban countries (CC0)
  17. 17. SAO Problems • Exponential Growth: Visas Condor, Donkey, Viper, and Mantis • Database size, difficult to remove names • Number of applicants • Insufficient Resources • Only 26 HSI Visa Security Units: including Riyadh, Jeddah, Manila, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Islamabad, Caracas, Montreal, Hong Kong, Casablanca, Cairo, Nairobi • Proposed 25% expansion to Visas Donkey reviews (Travel Ban) • Proposed reduction in budget • Huge caseloads: consular officers now interview up to 120 people per day • Pretextual Denials
  18. 18. Avoiding Administrative Processing • You cannot avoid it • You CAN reduce its time impact by preloading the case • Preloading: Submit documents EARLY that preempt or reduce the variables that need investigated before visa issuance – IV: Submit to USCIS, Update with NVC, update with Consulate – NIV: Notify Consulate if complex; Prep client with strong elevator pitch (<45 seconds) including supplemental brief and documents.
  19. 19. Preloading • When to preload? • Cases likely to receive additional scrutiny • At every opportunity, even when the information is not requested • What to preload with? • Information and documents that preempt or reduce investigatory burden • “Extreme Vetting” answers
  20. 20. Extreme Vetting • Proposed requests (Sec. Tillerson): – 15 years: travel history, addresses, detailed prior occupations & employers – 5 years: phone numbers, [controversy: email addresses and social media handles] – All prior passport numbers – For all siblings, children (step & bio), former spouses: name, nickname, address, job, phone, U.S. immigration status (CC0)
  21. 21. Stuck! Now what? 1. Identify Reason, if possible 2. Inquire, wait 60 days inquire again 3. Escalate to supervisor 4. AILA Committee Liaison 5. NIV: Visa Office; IV: NVC/KCC 6. Congressional Inquiry 7. Mandamus / Litigation (CC0)
  22. 22. Miscellaneous Tips • DOS is not always where a case is delayed: • Reach out to other agencies, FOIA other agencies • Don’t get angry, do use humor (with caution) • Be understanding & informative • Be creative: • Sue FBI/DHS/ICE due to their delays • Investigate new theories • Most consulates send emails at the start of their day and often respond quickly to immediate follow-up emails
  23. 23. Client Management • Be Upfront: warn about potential delays before filing anything • Be Understanding, listen carefully to the frustration • Keep Informed: an informed client is a happier client • Be Honest: “I don’t know” “I don’t understand it either” “I am really frustrated with this” “It takes patience” • Work Together: let your client push directly on the agency, but warn not to get angry, not to threaten, and that some officers may lie, deflect, and ignore
  24. 24. (CC0)

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