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Letter to DOS About Inappropriate K Adjudications

by Paul Parsons

Many of our U.S. consular officials appear to be racing to administratively close K petitions and return them to the U.S. CIS with requests for revocation. These consular officials are:

  • rejecting documentation submitted by applicants that helps proof the bona fides of their relationships with U.S. citizen petitioners;
  • refusing to interview U.S. citizen petitioners even when they have flown great distances to be present for questioning about their relationships; and
  • racing to "administratively close" K petitions and send them back to the U.S. CIS so that the applications are no longer within their jurisdictions.
It often takes 8 to 12 months (or longer) for petitions to be filed with the CIS, adjudicated, and sent to our U.S. consular officials. Due process should require a meaningful opportunity for applicants, their U.S. citizen petitioners, and counsel to submit documentation and be interviewed. Unfortunately, some of our consular officials would rather race to get these petitions off their desks instead of carefully evaluate these important visa applications.

I hope others share my sense of injustice about these inappropriate K adjudications.

See letter to DOS.


About The Author

Paul Parsons is an immigration attorney in Austin since 1978. Mr. Parsons received a B.A. in Political Science in 1973 from Oklahoma State University and a juris doctorate degree in 1977 from the University of Texas School of Law. He was appointed in 1992 by Governor Ann Richards as Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Immigration. Mr. Parsons is the first recipient of the Sam Williamson Memorial Award "for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law."


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