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What is the CARRP?


Have you ever heard of CARRP?  

Most people have not, but you should definitely educate yourself if you are an immigrant to the United States coming from an Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim or South Asian background.  CARRP stands for the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program, and it is meant to delay and deny naturalization, green card, and other applications without proper legal authority.  

If you have attended numerous InfoPass appointments and the only response you ever receive is that your application is still awaiting “standard” background checks, think again.  Your application may very well be subject to the CARRP security program simply based on your national origin, religion, or affiliations.  A report on the findings of the CARRP program was released August 2013, and can be found HERE.

The question is then, what can be done?  How can an applicant force USCIS to adjudicate and approve an application that has been blacklisted by a program that flies in the face of statutory eligibility to become a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident?  The answer is to sue the U.S. government and force them to remove your application from an indefinite holding pattern.  

Many clients question whether filing a lawsuit will just elicit a retaliatory denial, or even if it will work at all.  The answer is that it will work because the federal court knows that an outright discriminatory program will never support a basis for denial.  

So, what is the next step?  Stop waiting for USCIS to never make a decision, and contact me, Partner Danielle Conley at dconley@immigration.net or at 866.286.6200 to find out more! 

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