One of the most important and rewarding parts of being a Member of Congress is supporting community members who need help navigating issues with federal agencies.
As your Congressman, I am here to help support you and serve as a liaison between you and federal agencies. My office can support you to clarify determinations, track the progress of applications or appeals and work with federal agencies to address specific issues you are dealing with.
During the 115th Congress, between Jan. 3, 2017, and Jan. 3, 2019, my office helped 617 folks who live in the Second District and recouped more than $2.77 million dollars in federal benefits.
This recurring series will highlight some of the people across the district my office has supported.
If you live in the Second District and need assistance with a federal agency, please contact my Everett District office at 425–252–3188 or visit my website.
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In May 2018, Zac, a former resident of Eastsound, reached out for help with processing a visa application. Zac was living with his wife and child in Japan while they waited for final approval of his wife’s application. Zac was scheduled to begin a master’s program in Seattle in August 2018 and wanted the family to move to the U.S. at that time.
In June 2017, Zac applied for an immigrant visa for his wife in Japan. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved the application in April 2018 and sent it to the State Department for further processing.
Once an application makes it to State Department, it is reviewed by the National Visa Center. Once reviewed by the National Visa Center, the case is sent to the closest U.S. Embassy for further review and for the individual to come in for an interview.
This process takes time.
Zac reached out to my office for help expediting the review, so his family could arrive in the U.S. in time for his master’s program.
Zac provided my office with the necessary documentation to submit a request to expedite the application. The Embassy decided to expedite the review of Zac’s case in May 2018 and Zac and his family were able to arrive in the U.S. on their scheduled date in August.
One of my top priorities is to ensure constituents receive the support they need to navigate federal agencies.
My office is here to support constituents who are looking for help with immigration issues.