少し長くなりますが、Aging Outの問題を解決するために２００２年に法制化されたChild Status Protection Actの説明を下記に添付します。これによると、御嬢さんの申請は認められるはずなのですが。。。特にthe general requirements to benefit from CSPA?のところを注意して読んでください。頂戴したメールと引用した弁護士からの部分的なメールでは実際にこれに当てはまるのかが判断付きかねますので、USCISのサイトから下記を引用させて頂きました。弁護士のMalpracticeを訴えることは時間が十分ありますので（１年から場所によっては２年半）、まずは、なぜ今更Aging Outでダメなのか？CSPAは御嬢さんには適用されないのか問いただしてください。これにきちんと答えてこないようでしたら、Malpractice訴訟を辞さないというアプローチで担当した弁護士の責任を追及しましょう。
＜引用開始＞Questions and Answers: USCIS Issues Revised Guidance on the Applicability of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)
The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) amended the Immigration Nationality Act by changing how an alien is determined to be a child for purposes of immigrant classification. The Act permits an applicant for certain benefits to retain classification as a “child,” even if he or she has reached the age of 21. Since its enactment on Aug. 6, 2002, USCIS provided several field guidance memoranda regarding the adjudication of immigration benefits in accordance with the CSPA. A memo issued April 30, 2008 made some substantive changes to how USCIS applies CSPA.
Questions & Answers
Q: What is the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)? A. A “child” is defined in the Act as an unmarried person under the age of 21. Prior to the enactment of the CSPA on August 6, 2002, anyone who turned 21 at any point prior to receiving permanent residence could not be considered a child for immigration purposes. This situation is described as “aging out.” Congress recognized that many people were aging out because of large backlogs and long processing times for visa petitions. CSPA is designed to protect an individual’s immigration classification as a child when the person aged out due to excessive processing times.
Q. How does CSPA work?
If you are…Immediate Relative of a Naturalized U.S. Citizen
The child’s age freezes at time the visa petition is filed (Form I-130). If a child becomes an immediate relative through the petitioner’s naturalization or the termination of the beneficiary’s marriage while the beneficiary is under 21, the child’s age freezes on the date such action occurred.
If you are…Preference Classification for Permanent Residence or Derivative
CSPA allows the time a visa petition was pending to be subtracted from an applicant for permanent residence’s biological age so that the applicant is not penalized for the time in which USCIS did not adjudicate the petition.
Q. What are the general requirements to benefit from CSPA?
A. Several requirements must be met to be eligible for CSPA age out protection:
Q. Are people who did not file an application for permanent residence within one year of the visa becoming available still able to apply under CSPA?
A. Generally, no. However, because of the recent change in interpretation of the CSPA, USCIS will permit certain individuals to apply outside of this one year period.
Individuals that are eligible to apply for permanent residence under CSPA after one year of a visa becoming available include:
Q. What can I do if I had an application for permanent residence that was denied because I aged out?
A. If you would have been eligible for CSPA protection under the revised guidance, you can file a Motion to Reopen/Reconsider with the office that denied the application with no fee if you meet the following requirements:
When an application is denied, the applicant receives a written decision that cites the section of law and describes why the alien is not eligible for the benefit. An application may be denied for one reason or for multiple reasons. If an application was denied for more than one reason including aging-out or for any reason other than for aging out, the alien is not eligible to file a motion to reopen under the new guidance.
Q. Is there a deadline to file under the new guidance?
昨日、他の移民弁護士に娘のケースを聞いてみたところ、CSPAにはAge Out に関する計算があるようで、それによると昨年5月に娘はすでにAge Out になっていたということです。担当弁護士に、それらの事を知っていたのか、そして何を根拠に大丈夫だと言っていたのかを問いただしてみようと思います。その返事次第でまた考えます。ありがとうございました。