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Case Name Ptasinska v. U.S. Department of State IM-IL-0011
Docket / Court 1:07-CV-03795 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On June 12, the State Department encouraged highly skilled immigrants here on temporary employment visas to apply for permanent employment visas, known as green cards, to become permanent residents. The department said the visas would be available starting July 2. But on that date, the department ... read more >
On June 12, the State Department encouraged highly skilled immigrants here on temporary employment visas to apply for permanent employment visas, known as green cards, to become permanent residents. The department said the visas would be available starting July 2. But on that date, the department announced that all available employment-based visas had been distributed for the year.

In July 2007, the American Law Foundation (AILF) prepared a lawsuit to file in the Northern District of Illinois challenging the change in policy. The complaint was, however never filed. Instead, on July 17 (the very day the lawsuit was to be initiated), the federal government announced, as the lawsuit was about to demand, that it was reversing course and accepting the green card applications, if they were filed by August 17.

Margo Schlanger - 07/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Immigration
Employment
Work authorization - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) U.S> Citizenship and Immigration Services
Plaintiff Description individuals in employment-based categories whose priority dates were current under the June and July Bulletins and who either filed or mailed for filing their applications to USCIS between June 29, 2007 and July 31, 2007
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
1:07-cv-03795 (N.D. Ill.) 09/04/2007
IM-IL-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/06/2007
IM-IL-0011-0002.pdf | Detail
AILF Welcomes Government Reversal on Permanent Resident Applications ("Green Cards") 07/17/2007
IM-IL-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Kocoras, Charles Petros (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0011-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Azulay, Judd (Illinois)
IM-IL-0011-0002 | IM-IL-0011-9000
Babich, Linda (Illinois)
IM-IL-0011-0002 | IM-IL-0011-9000
Collins, Sara M (Illinois)
IM-IL-0011-9000
Gard, Robert (Illinois)
IM-IL-0011-0002 | IM-IL-0011-9000
Lara, Roland (Illinois)
IM-IL-0011-0002 | IM-IL-0011-9000
Seiden, Glenn (Illinois)
IM-IL-0011-9000
Wettstein, Nadine K. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0011-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Lefort, Deitz Patrick (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0011-9000
Stevens, Elizabeth Jones (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0011-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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