Green Card Decision Postponed for Iraqi Refugee

An Iraqi refugee who is considered a terrorist under US law will have to wait until the end of the year before he finds out whether US Citizenship and Immigration services will give him a green card, according to the Deseret News.

A US district judge postponed an earlier order requiring the immigration agency to make a decision on Kassim Alshamsawi’s citizenship application by June 13. Now Alshamsawi, who submitted his application to USCIS more than six years ago, will have to wait until December for a decision, reported the newspaper.

Alshamsawi came to the US as a political refugee in 1997 and sued USCIS in 2010 after it failed to act on his green card application for six years. According to the news provider, government lawyers have argued that Alshamsawi is not eligible for permanent residency because he joined an uprising against Saddam Hussein when he stilled lived in Iraq in 1991. Alshamsawi is considered a terrorist due to threat anti-government activity, reported the source.

Membership in certain groups or activities sponsored by what the US defines as terrorist organizations can make someone ineligible for most immigration benefits, according to the USCIS website. However, the Department of Homeland Security has exempted a number of organizations from those rules.