Updated USCIS Policy Clarifying Expedite Requests: What you Need to Know

Posted by Donald GrossJul 06, 20240 Comments

In a recent update to the USCIS Policy Manual, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has provided clarity on expedite requests, particularly concerning government interests and urgent humanitarian situations, as well as travel-related requests. This update aims to simplify the process for applicants ensuring a smoother experience.

  • Government Interests:

The update emphasizes that USCIS may expedite cases identified as urgent by various levels of government within the United States. These cases typically involve matters of public interest, safety, national interest, or security. Notably, when a federal government agency requests expedited processing based on government interests, USCIS generally defers to their assessment, streamlining the decision-making process.

  • Travel Related Requests:

For individuals seeking to expedite their pending Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document), USCIS now considers pressing or critical needs to leave the United States as valid grounds for expediting. This includes both unplanned and planned events, such as professional, academic, or personal commitments. USCIS evaluates factors such as timely filing of Form I-131 and processing times to ensure that travel documents are issued promptly, especially when departure dates are imminent for planned events.

  • Submission and Processing of Expedited Requests:

To facilitate expedite requests, USCIS provides clear instructions on how to submit requests using online tools, including secure messaging options for uploading supporting evidence. Applicants with USCIS online accounts can take advantage of these features to streamline the process. USCIS commits to responding promptly to expedite requests submitted through the USCIS Contact Center, keeping applicants informed throughout the decision-making process.

  • Immediate Implementation:

It is important to note that this updated guidance is effective immediately, superseding any prior instructions on expedite requests.

The recent update to USCIS expedite request guidelines offers much-needed clarity and transparency for applicants and stakeholders navigating the immigration process. For those seeking assistance with expediting their requests, don't hesitate to reach out to Donald Gross Law Group for expert guidance and support throughout the process.