A writ of mandamus is a type of lawsuit used to challenge an unreasonable delay in adjudicating a visa application. In the past, these lawsuits have been very effective at helping people stuck in AP get the final adjudications of their visa applications.
We charge $4,000 for a mandamus lawsuit for a DV-2023 selectee stuck in AP. When we file a mandamus lawsuit, there are 2 ways that the adjudications of the visa applications could be accelerated:
(1) State Department adjudicates the visa application, so we dismiss the lawsuit, or
(2) the Judge orders State Department to adjudicate the visa application.
In the overwhelming majority of mandamus lawsuits we file for applicants stuck in AP, the State Department issues a final decision on the visa application, and we dismiss the lawsuit.
To find out more about whether a mandamus lawsuit is right for you, contact Curtis:
This is a fair question. To make informed decisions, we want all to have accurate facts. Please see them below.
Following Judge Mehta’s prioritization of our Mohammed and Fonjong plaintiffs in his September 4, 2020, most of those clients (about 300) entered the US and already have green cards. A couple who chose military service are already US citizens. Most of our DV-2020 clients who were not issued visas are Kennedy plaintiffs who did not hire us until 2 weeks before the fiscal year was over. They understood then our goal was reserving visas for them for issuance after the end of the fiscal year, and on September 30, 2020, Judge Mehta issued the order that preserved their journeys. Although we subsequently won summary judgment, the Biden administration has appealed that order and we are awaiting the outcome of that appeal.
For DV-2020 selectees whose journeys still continue, that is only due to the lawsuits.
There are over 1,000 families (3,000 issued DVs) who were our Jacob v Biden, Rai v Biden, or Goodluck v Biden plaintiffs who were issued visas in FY-2021 and entered the US and issued green cards.
However, most of our DV-2021 clients are Rai v Biden or Goodluck v Biden plaintiffs (about 10,000 families/20k DV applicants) whose journey continues because we won court orders in the last weeks of September 2021 from Judge Chutkan and Judge Mehta. However, the Biden administration appealed those orders, and we are awaiting the outcome of those appeals. For DV-2021 selectees whose journeys still continue, that is only due to the lawsuits.
Our DV-2022 litigation, which included 4 group lawsuits and nearly 50 individual mandamus lawsuits, led to the State Department issuing more Diversity Visas than any year in history, even exceeding the number of visas allotted by Congress. I understand this is of little satisfaction to the minority of our DV2022 who were not issued visas. But let’s look at numbers.
For the about 50 individual mandamus lawsuits MU filed in FY-2022, we had mixed results.
Our big takeaway from DV-2022 individual mandamus lawsuits, however, is the only ones that have a good chance of getting the desired outcome (issued visas), are the ones filed in July or before for applicants who are stuck in post-interview AP.