In Poozesh v. Pompeo, now referred to as Motaghedi v. Pompeo, 5* Iranian American families or couples are challenging the U.S. Government’s unreasonable administrative delays in adjudicating 21 travel ban waivers. Challenged policies include the U.S. Government’s designating the authority and discretion to approve case-by-case waivers to individual consular officers to consular managers, visa chiefs, consular section chiefs, consular management and Visa Office, which is unlawful under Presidential Proclamation 9645, §3(C) ("PP 9645"). Plaintiffs also challenge the State Department's arbitrary decision to not use its' new automated vetting process for the visa applicants who have waited the longest.
Plaintiffs in this action are U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents, and their Iranian national relatives or fiancées who were visa applicants that have been denied timely adjudication of case-by-case PP 9645 waivers. As of Oct. 15, 2019, the average visa beneficiary in this case has waited 500 days for a waiver, and 5 have waited 677 days for a waiver, since the day PP 9645 went into effect.
*Originally 11 families/couples filed the case, and 6 dismissed their claims upon issuances of visas on Dec. 15, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020, or are about to do so.
Upcoming hearings and conferences:
What: Scheduling Conference
When: June 25, 2020, 10:15 AM
Where: ROBERT E. COYLE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Before: Magistrate Judge Shiela K. Oberto
The Iranian American families or couples are represented by Curtis Lee Morrison through:
The Law Office of Rafael Ureña
925 N La Brea Ave, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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JAN. 27, 2020 (SEALED) ORDER VACATING HEARING AND DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION TO COMPEL
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