The path to U.S. citizenship can take a while, though it is worth it for those who are willing and able to do things right. During the waiting period, it is possible for your situation to change. If that happens, you may need a decision from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services more quickly.
Fortunately, there is a chance that your immigration application could get approved more quickly. Here is what you need to know about expedited case processing.
Defining expedited case processing
Since the USCIS handles the bulk of the immigration requests sent to the U.S., the timeline for processing varies on the current workload at the office handling your case. Expedited processing occurs when the USCIS makes a decision concerning your application much sooner than the average processing time. This is a helpful opportunity if facing emergency situations or changes in life than demand a more immediate response from the USCIS.
Figuring out how to expedite your case
The help of an immigration attorney can increase the likelihood that your initial application is free from errors or discrepancies that could interfere with expedited processing. The USCIS evaluates requests on a case-by-case basis, and it relies on specific criteria when making a decision. Submitting documentation supporting one or more of the following areas could meet the criteria for expedited processing:
- Severe financial loss to a person or company if a delay occurs
- Critical humanitarian situations like war or serious illness
- Clear error on the part of the USCIS
Being denied for expedited processing does not jeopardize your immigration application as a whole. You can always request an update from the USCIS on your application if you need help or work with an immigration attorney to determine other options.