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Filing an immigration appeal: The timeline matters

When you have to file an appeal because some aspect of applying for immigration has not gone the way it was supposed to, you need to know that there are tight deadlines to meet. Everything you turn in has to be accurate and meticulously arranged so that it benefits you the most during your case.

When you’re prepared to make an appeal after speaking with your attorney, you will need to stick to this timeline:

  1. Within 15 days of the decision you’d like to appeal, including if your approved petition was revoked, you need to start the appeals process. If the denial made by mail, you get up to 18 days to begin your appeal.
  2. In the case that it is another kind of decision that was made against you, you’ll have up to 30 days to appeal it. If you received the notice in the mail, you’ll have an additional three days, giving you 33 days to appeal.

It’s very important that you’re prepared with an appeal that discusses the issues that were brought to your attention. A denial for mistakes or errors on your application should mean that your appeal has those corrected. A denial for a misunderstanding of facts you presented should mean that you do a more thorough job explaining your background or why you should be given what you want.

You need to know your legal rights as you work on your case

This is not a situation that you should try to do it yourself in. If you want to work on your appeal, it’s usually a good idea to go over the initial denial with an immigration attorney and then to begin working on an appeal that directly addresses the problems that were indicated.

The nice thing about working with an immigration attorney on your case is that they are familiar with cases like yours and can take steps to help you appeal the decision that has affected your immigration or visa status. They can help you understand your rights and the avenues you can take to get your application approved.