In 2015, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of Afghan and Iraqi IRAP clients who had been waiting in dangerous situations for months, some for over five years, for their Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). Congress made SIVs available to those whose lives are at risk because of their work supporting U.S. efforts in their home countries.
The lawsuit challenged the government’s extensive delays in deciding plaintiffs’ SIV applications despite the congressionally mandated nine-month processing timeline.
In January 2016, the court ruled in favor of IRAP’s clients, leading to a settlement in which the government agreed to finally process the pending applications. Thirteen of the clients in the case now live safely in the United States with their families.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP was co-counsel in this litigation.
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Mar 21, 2016
Press Release: U.S. Government Agrees to Act on Cases of Iraqi and Afghan Allies Suing Over Failure to Act on…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. GOVERNMENT AGREES TO ACT ON CASES OF IRAQI AND AFGHAN ALLIES
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