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So You Want To Expedite Your Immigration Case?

1300798_time_distortion.jpgAs an Austin immigration lawyer, I know that most people are interested in expediting their case. Inevitably, clients will ask if anything can be done to make the process faster. For business immigration cases, there is of course the option of using USCIS’s priority service. For $1,225 one can request premium processing. This means USCIS will respond within 15 days. It does not mean you will absolutely have a final answer on your case within 15 days, but they will reply within 15 days either approving the case or asking for additional evidence. Premium processing is not offered for family-based immigration cases such as fiance visas, marriage-based adjustment of status, or naturalization cases. It’s also not available for U or VAWA cases, among others.

So what can your immigration attorney do for you to help expedite your case? expediting your case of course requires at a minimum that you hire an attorney with experience in the type of case you qualify for. This will reduce errors and prevent immigration from sending lengthy requests for additional evidence. But your attorney can also make a formal request for your case to be expedited.

Everyone is in a hurry to get their immigration case results. However, expedite requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by USCIS and are granted at the discretion of the Director. The applicant (You) have the burden to demonstrate your need to expedite. USCIS looks at several factors to determine if it will grant the expedite request. Among them are consideration of an extreme emergent situation, humanitarian situations, compelling interest of USCIS, severe financial loss to company or individual, or a USCIS error, among a few others.

Expedite requests can be done by contacting the National Customer Service Center, by visiting your local USCIS office, or writing a letter to your local USCIS office.


If you or someone you know needs help with an immigration case, give us a call. We have experience handling immigration matters of all types and take cases from all over the U.S. We are a fully bilingual firm (Spanish). Give us a call at 512-329-2770 to set up a consultation with an Austin immigration lawyer today!