Chapter 12: Requests to Expedite Applications or Petitions

USCIS review​s​ all​ expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership.​ The burden is on the applicant or petitioner to demonstrate that one or more of the e​xpedite criteria have been met.​

A. Expedite Criteria​ [1] For the expedited processing of an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Form I-601), see additional information provided on the USCIS website.

USCIS may expedite a​ petition or application if it meets one or more of the following criteria:​

Severe financial loss to company or ​person​;​

Emergency situation;​ [2] For example, the applicant is gravely ill.

Humanitarian reasons;​ [3] For example, outbreak of war in the home country.

Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States​;​ [4] For example, an organization broadcasting in regional areas to promote democratic interests.

Department of Defense or ​n​ational ​i​nterest ​s​ituation;​ [5] The request must come from an official U.S. government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to the government.

USCIS error; or​

Compelling interest of USCIS.​

B. Premium Processing ​

USCIS does not consider p​etitions and applications that have Premium Processing Service available for expedited processing. The only exception is when the petitioner is a not-for-profit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Service that is acting ​in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States.​ [6] For information on premium processing, see the USCIS webpage on “How Do I Use the Premium Processing Service?”

C. Making an Expedite Request ​

To make a request to expedite the processing of a domestically filed application or petition, the customer should contact the ​National Customer Service Center ​(​NCSC​)​at 1-800-375-5283​. ​The NCSC forward​s​the Service Request​to the office with jurisdiction over the application or petition​.​

Customers may also visit a local office by scheduling an ​InfoPass​ appointment or writing a letter to the ​field office​ or ​s​ervice ​c​enter. Applicants or petitioners overseas should submit their requests directly to the USCIS office ​with​ jurisdiction over their applications or petitions​;​ contact information ​for overseas USCIS offices is ​provided on the ​USCIS​website.​

Approval of such requests is discretionary and USCIS reserves the right to request documentation supporting the request to expedite an application or petition.​