I Have an Emergency....How Do I Get Faster Service?
With the recent civil unrest in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, many of our clients have expressed a genuine need to have their pending applications expedited. Bringing over a loved one during a time of crisis in ones home country can be of utmost importance for anyone. Below we list the several factors the government takes under consideration when determining if your case will qualify for 'special' or 'expedited' treatment.
Often, an application that would normally take months or even years to adjudicate can be approved in a matter of days; under the right circumstances.
All expedite requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and are granted at the discretion of the Director. The burden is on the applicant or petitioner to demonstrate that one or more of the expedite criteria have been met. The criteria are as follows: • Severe financial loss to company or individual • Extreme emergent situation • Humanitarian situation • Nonprofit status of requesting organization in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States • Department of Defense or National Interest Situation (Note: Request must come from official United States Government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to our Government) • USCIS error • Compelling interest of USCIS
If you have already filed your application or petition: You can make an expedite request by contacting the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283. The NCSC will take a “service request” and forward your expedite request to the office with jurisdiction over the application or petition. This method is not recommended as it is often denied for lack of substantiating evidence. You also have the options of 1). visiting your local office by scheduling an InfoPass appointment or 2). writing a letter to the local office or service center.
A well crafted expedite request, packaged with sufficient evidentiary exhibits, will ensure expedited adjudication of the application.