USCIS Expedite Request
USCIS expedite requests are requests to have an application or petition processed more quickly than the normal processing time. To make an expedite request, you can simply call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283. If your expedite request is granted, USCIS will take your application or petition out of date order and issue a decision faster than the normal processing time. However, there is no guarantee that your request will be granted, and USCIS may deny your request even if you have a valid reason.
While there are many reasons for wanting your case to be expedited, there are common reasons that are more likely to have USCIS grant your request than others. You may demonstrate severe financial hardship to a company or person if your application is not processed urgently. This includes situations where a company or person will suffer significant financial hardship if the benefit is not granted in a timely manner. For example, if a company is losing money because they cannot hire a foreign worker, or if a person is losing their job because they cannot get a work permit, they may receive expedited processing.
You may also have emergencies and urgent humanitarian reasons to make an expedite request. This includes situations where there is a medical emergency, a death in the family, or other urgent circumstances that require the benefit to be granted quickly. For example, suppose a person is facing a sudden onset of serious illness, or there would be a medical crisis without your case approval urgently. In that case, USCIS may approve your expedite request.
USCIS may grant expedite requests for nonprofit organizations that are working to promote the cultural or social interests of the United States. To be eligible for expedite processing on this ground, the nonprofit organization must demonstrate that the benefit must be directly related to the nonprofit organization’s mission and must have a clear and immediate impact on the cultural or social interests of the United States. Additionally, the need for the benefit must be urgent and the delay in processing the benefit would significantly impact the nonprofit organization’s ability to carry out its mission.
If you are a foreign national and the decision of your application is in the national interest, or that is of significant importance to a federal, state, or local government agency, then USCIS may grant your expedite requests. In this case the benefit must be directly related to the government agency’s interest and must have a clear and immediate impact on the U.S. government’s ability to carry out its national interest.
If you are not sure whether or not you are required to make an expedite request or you are in need of more information about your immigration case, you may want to consult an immigration attorney. The attorneys at Tanner Law Offices can assist you with your case process or need more information. Please contact our office at (717) 731-8114 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.