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Kulas v. Jaddou: Challenging the delays in adjudicating I-730/follow-to-join petitions of Sri Lankan family

On July 2, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jayarajah Kulas, a Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka who has been separated from his family for eight years. Mr. Kulas’s mandamus action challenges USCIS’s unreasonable delay in adjudicating his follow-to-join petitions, which he filed on behalf of his wife and two young sons stuck in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Kulas fled Sri Lanka nearly a decade ago to escape kidnapping, torture, and death at the hands of the Sri Lankan army, but he was unable to bring his wife and baby son with him. He has never met his younger son, who was born after he fled the country. Once resettled in the United States, Mr. Kulas filed follow-to-join petitions for his family, but USCIS has transferred his petitions multiple times without adjudication. Meanwhile, in his absence, his wife and sons have endured near-constant harassment and assault, and Sri Lanka has spiraled into a humanitarian crisis.