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What Is the CARRP? Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Explains

CARRP is the acronym for the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program. If you are a U.S. immigrant with Middle Eastern, South Asian, Arab or Muslim heritage, then it is important that you educate yourself about CARRP, because the program could put your application for a green card, naturalization, and other immigration forms in an indefinite holding pattern.




Have you attended multiple InfoPass appointments only to learn that your application is still awaiting “standard” background checks? The truth may be that your application is subject to CARRP due to your religion, national origin, or affiliations.

If your immigration forms have been unconstitutionally delayed by the CARRP program, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the U.S. government. This could force USCIS to adjudicate and approve your application.

Filing a lawsuit against the U.S. government might sound intimidating, but these lawsuits are often successful because federal courts know that CARRP is a discriminatory program and should not be the basis for denial.

If you would like to discuss your options with a green card attorney in Atlanta, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck and Hiba Ghalib will evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit against the U.S. government. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation.

ACLU Report: Muslims Are Often the Targets of CARRP Holding Patterns

CARRP has been vehemently criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Council on American Islamic Relations due to its unconstitutional policies. Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1952, which made it unlawful to deny U.S. citizenship based on an immigrant’s race. However, a report by the ACLU describes how CARRP can delay a naturalization application for several years or lead to an unlawful denial – and Muslims are often the targets.

The report explains how naturalization applications must be processed within six months, but many Muslim applicants have been waiting several years to get approved by USCIS. It investigates the case of Tarek Hamdi, whose application stretched out for nine years.

Tarek is a 50-year-old immigrant from Egypt who has lived in the United States since he was a teenager. Although Tarek met the requirements for becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, his application was denied by USCIS because he made a single donation to the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF). Tarek has a well-documented history of donating to multiple humanitarian charities and organization such as the American Cancer Society; however, BIF was shut down in 2002 by the Treasury Department for its alleged ties to terrorism, and this was a primary reason for the denial of Tarek’s naturalization application.

According to the ACLU, Muslim immigrants are often interrogated about the number of times they pray, the mosques they attend, and their associations with lawful charities. Many of them are asked to provide unreasonable evidence to prove that they are not threats to national security.

If you are in this situation, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Attorneys Charles Kuck and Hiba Ghalib will evaluate your case and provide comprehensive legal guidance. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in Atlanta.

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