A federal judge has given the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, 60 days to make a final determination on the application for permanent residency filed by an Iranian immigrant in April of 2001. After waiting for twelve years for his application to be approved or denied, the immigrant filed a lawsuit against the government forcing it to make a decision in his immigration case. While this case is unique, the courts will generally find a delay in excess of six years to be unreasonable for immigrants seeking permanent residency in Florida or anywhere in the United States.
As a teenager in Iran, the applicant distributed literature for two violent organizations in Iran that opposed the US-supported Shah of Iran and his government. The groups are said to have killed U.S. soldiers and civil defense contractors, and also engaged in bombings, mortar attacks and assassinations. If it is determined that the applicant provided material support to these terrorist groups, he may not be eligible for permanent residency status.