COLUMBUS, Ohio – May 19, 2010, Gus M. Shihab with The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA filed on behalf of Integrity Gymnastics & Cheerleading a declaratory judgment action against the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services due to its denial of Natalia Laschenova’s immigrant visa petition.
Ms. Laschenova won an Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics in the 1988 Olympics. Integrity Gymnastics petitioned the USCIS to qualify Ms. Laschenova as an “alien of extraordinary abilities” as a Olympic Gold Medalist and gymnastics coach in the U.S. Ms. Laschenova’s case was denied and she is currently in the U.S. without status and is subject to deportation. All administrative remedies within the Department of Homeland Security have been exhausted hence Integrity Gymnastics is seeking a declaration by the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio that she qualifies as an alien of extraordinary abilities.
The declaratory judgment suit is a civil action seeking a judicial declaration that USCIS has committed an abuse of discretion, acted clearly erroneously and in clear error of judgment and that the decision denying the beneficiary was arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable. Integrity Gymnastics filed the declaratory judgment action against USCIS, the Attorney General of the United States, Mr. Erik H. Holder, Jr. and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, Mr. Carter M. Stewart.