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Question: I have been fighting my case for some time and yet do not have anything. What can I do?

Answer: As the year comes to an end, you need to try to give thanks for what you do have and then start again after the New Year. I am sure that you can appreciate and understand that practically everything is getting more difficult at Immigration. Whether your case is in Immigration Court, on Appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals or the Circuit Courts or in front of USCIS, things are taking longer. Whether you have a Labor Certification or are applying for a Religious Visa, or a multitude of other types of visas, everything has gotten harder. Whether you are applying for a particular kind of Waiver or relief in Immigration Court, the evidence needed to present is much more than it used to be.

Therefore, you must keep fighting and you must keep your hopes up high. No matter how hard it is to get what you want from Immigration, you can always make a better case than before and you can always submit more evidence. We as a people cannot let the forces at Congress, USCIS, BICE, BCBP, and DOL or any other government agency drive immigrants and nonimmigrants away. If we permit the forces against the natural flow of immigration to win, then the United States will become the opposite of a land of dreams. It will become a land that will become unwelcoming.

As an immigration attorney, I am committed to keeping the fight going. Since IIRAIRA passed in 1996, lawyers across the U.S. have fought against provisions that were hurtful and spiteful to immigrants. Slowly, bit by bit, we have had successes to show that certain parts of legislation aimed against immigrants were unfair or unconstitutional. Now, there are more cases in Circuit Courts across the U.S. that are immigration related than ever before. The Circuit Courts are inundated with immigration cases because we must keep appealing and keep fighting what are laws that are aimed to deprive the immigrant of their dreams. If we give up, then we are validating the unfair laws, the discrimination, and the laws that will keep immigrants out of the U.S.

Therefore, do not despair that it is taking a long time to resolve your visa or your status. Keep in mind that there are multitudes of people in a much worse situation than you. There are people whom did not have anyone to fight for them and have been deported; had their appeals denied; had their Labor Certifications denied or had their relief denied. However, as long as you have an immigration attorney fighting for you, keep up your hope. It is only the fighting by that immigration attorney and other immigration attorneys across the country that will eventually prevail against antiquated laws and the discrimination against immigrants that exists by some of Congress.

It is almost New Year’s. Let’s give thanks for our health and our family. Let’s give thanks that we are still in the U.S. fighting to stay and fighting to get what is deserved. Let’s look at the people who did not win and hope that someday they have a successful return to the U.S. Hope is a powerful emotion and all of us can have hope to get what we eventually want.

I would like to wish all of my readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year’s and a hope that next year will give each and everyone of you prosperity and happiness.

Brian D. Lerner is an Immigration Attorney Specialist. This firm does every aspect of immigration law including family and employment based petitions, deportation defense and criminal related immigration issues, asylum, naturalization, appeals, nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visas, and all other areas of immigration law. An appointment can be made by calling    (866) 495-0554    or    (562) 495-0554   . The Firm website is

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The New Year’s Hope for Immigration