Ft. Lauderdale Immigration Administrative Appeals Office
Immigration Appeals Attorney
The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) adjudicates appeals that the Secretary
of the Department of Homeland Security delegates to the United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The AAO resolves immigration issues
of individual applications and petitions by providing decisions that are
fair and legally supported. At Guerra Sáenz, PL, we work closely
with clients at each step of the
immigration process utilizing our vast experience involving the many aspects of immigration
law. We handle cases that deal with employment-based immigration, family-based
immigration, deportation defense, criminal immigration matters, and appeals.
We are able to resolve a variety of issues for our clients by means of
thorough case preparation, understanding of immigration laws, courtroom
experience, and practicing a high level of professional legal services.
The goal of our Fort Lauderdale immigration lawyer is to help the client
to achieve the best possible case result, ranging from simple immigration
issues to complex appeals matters.
Purpose of the Immigration Administrative Appeals Office
The AAO works hard to make sure that they carefully review each case and
that the decisions adjudicated are fair, impartial, and legally supported
and that it renders decisions in a timely manner. They ensure that they
are consistent and accurate in interpretations of the immigration regulations,
policies, and laws. The AAO maintains current knowledge of applicable
case law, regulations, statutes and policies. In support of the appeals
process and provide clarification for adjudication issues, the Administrative
Appeals Office recommends publication of precedent decisions. Other United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services decisions are not bound by
AAO decisions are either non-precedent or precedent. If you would like
to read non-precedent decisions, they are available through the United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services Freedom of Information Act
(FOLA) Central Office, the immigration bar, and in private immigration
Precedent decisions are necessary in instances when "novel issue of
law on fact and when it is necessary to provide clear and uniform guidance
concerning the proper implementation and administration of the statute
and regulations were application regulations are unclear or silent."
Each decision requires review and approval by the Department of Homeland
Security and the Department of Justice. Precedent decisions are published
and bound in volumes entitled
Administrative Decisions Under Immigration and Nationality Laws of the
The most common cases for review involve petitions and applications that
are Form I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status, Form I-129
Petition for Immigration Worker (H-1B) and Form I-140 Immigrant Petition
for Alien Worker. Your case will be reviewed carefully, fairly, and expeditiously
by employees of the AAO.
Eighty-eight employees comprise the AAO workforce and the AAO is divided
into 9 branches. Under the Chief and Deputy Chief are branches 1-7 that
deal with the different application and petition denials. Following that
are the branches 8 and 9 that deal with detection and deterrence of immigration
fraud and the support for the manager and employees of the AAO. Matters
under appeal fall in the different branches:
- Branch 1 – I-129 H. L, O, P & Q, and N-470 Petitions
- Branch 2 – Applications for Temporary Protected Status
- Branch 3 – I-129F, I-131, I-212, I-340, U Petitions, adoption applications and more
- Branch 4 – I-360 Amerasian and Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions,
I-612 waiver and more
- Branch 5 – Petitions for aliens of extraordinary ability, special
immigrant or non-immigrant religious workers, investors, professors, researchers,
and bond breaches
Branch 6 – Employment based 2nd and 3rd preference visas for professionals, skilled and unskilled workers, and
- Branch 7 – denials based on the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.
Attorney Representation in Your Appeals Case
You do not have to face the appeals process alone. We are experienced in
all matters concerning immigration issues. An attorney by your side at
each step of the appeals process and presenting reasons why you should
receive a decision in your favor are important to help you receive a successful
conclusion in your appeals case.
Legal help with your immigration case before the Administrative Appeals
Office can make a difference in the outcome.
Contact Guerra Sáenz, PL
for more information today!