Visa Not Issued 6-12 Weeks After Filing Mandamus Lawsuit?


Goldstein Immigration Lawyers

My name is Josh Goldstein, and I’m an immigration lawyer in Los Angeles. I help people and families across the country and around the world to get their visas out of administrative processing. I do that by suing consulates. I file writ of mandamus lawsuits against consulates around the world.


How long will it take?

One of the questions I get from people is this: After I hire you, and when you have filed a lawsuit against the consulate, how long is it going to take to get my Visa approved? I’ve been waiting for a long time. And if I hire you how much longer am I going to have to wait?

Typically, the Visas are approved within about 6 to 12 weeks. I’ve had cases where I file a lawsuit and it’s approved in less than six weeks, and I’ve had cases where I filed a lawsuit and it’s taken more than 12 weeks to get it approved. But most of the cases that I work on get resolved within 6 to 12 weeks.

Here’s another question I got from a prospective client: What happens if the Visa is not issued within 6 to 12 weeks?


No guarantee

Well, I have a few reactions to that. First of all, there’s absolutely no guarantee that your Visa is going to be approved. Anytime you hire a lawyer, the outcome is a little bit uncertain and the same is true for me.

I do my best to do everything I can to make sure your case will be approved, and I’ve had overwhelming success with these cases. And every time I take on a case, I believe that I will win the case, but there’s no guarantee. So there’s no guarantee that your Visa will be approved.

If you don’t deserve to be approved, a mandamus lawsuit is not going to make your bad case approvable. You’re not going to be approved just because you file a mandamus. So first of all, there’s no guarantee.


The timeline is an estimate

Secondly, the 6 to 12 week processing time that I have is an estimate. It doesn’t mean that I can guarantee you that your Visa will be approved within 6 to 12 weeks.

Most people who hire me get their visas approved, and most people who hire me get their visas approved within 6 to 12 weeks if not sooner. But I certainly can’t guarantee that you’ll be approved, or that you’ll be approved within a specific period of time. These are just estimates. This is how I feel that things are going to go but these timelines are estimates only.

I hope that makes sense and you find it fair and reasonable. And if you have questions, leave them in the comments below or get in touch with me, and I’d love to work with you.

What Our Clients Have to Say:

“As an American citizen, I applied from Lebanon for CR1 spouse immigrant visa to my husband on September 2nd, 2020. The interview was held on January 3rd 2022 and we were stuck in Administrative Processing for 6 months straight. We completely lost hope in our case and been through severe devastation for the pending situation we were left in. That’s when we decided to hire Goldstein’s attorney to file a Writ of Mandamus. The lawsuit was filed within 2 weeks. The summons were served 1 week later and we received a call from the embassy, 35 days later, to submit the passport and a new medical. 9 days later we collected the passport with the visa stamped on it.
Our lawyer assistant Muamer was very patient and helpful. He responded to all our emails in details explaining the process and clarifying all our confusions. We are grateful to finally be able to reunite in beautiful safe country.”

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