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I Have A Family Emergency. Can USCIS Speed Up My Immigration Application?

I Have A Family Emergency. Can USCIS Speed Up My Immigration Application?

Under some situations, it may be possible to speed up your immigration application. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting requests to expedite immigration requests in some types of cases, including:

  • an emergency
  • urgent humanitarian need
  • severe financial loss

If your expedited immigration request is approved, USCIS will take your application or petition out of the date order and issue a decision faster than the normal processing time.

Facts About Expedited Immigration Requests

  1. All expedited immigration requests are decided on a case by case basis.
  2. USCIS can ask for additional documents to support the request to expedite your application.
  3. USCIS has sole discretion on whether to expedite your application.

Tips For Filing For An Expedited Immigration Request

USCIS reviews expedited requests individually. Due to high caseloads, immigration decisions often take years. To increase your chances of getting an expedited decision:

1. Request Expedited Processing Before Filing:

It’s best to request expedited processing before submitting your application.

2. Highlight Compelling Reasons:

USCIS considers the reason for your request, such as:

  • Severe financial loss: Your livelihood depends on the application’s approval.
  • Urgent humanitarian reason: Some reasons include illness, disability, extreme living conditions, death in the family, or a critical need to travel to obtain medical treatment.
  1. Be Prepared for Additional Documentation:

The reviewing office may request additional documents to support your request.


Expediting an application is not guaranteed. However, by following these tips, you can increase your chances of getting a faster decision.

Contact an Experienced Immigration Attorney Today

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