USCIS Updates Guidance on Expedite Requests

February 10, 2022

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated its policy manual to reflect new guidance, effective immediately, on how the agency determines whether a case warrants expedited treatment. The update:

  • Clarifies the criteria and circumstances under which USCIS generally considers expedite requests from nonprofit organizations as determined by the Internal Revenue Service;
  • Provides additional examples of when USCIS may consider expedite requests made by federal, state, or local agencies, including labor and employment agencies;
  • Adds examples to further illustrate how the expedite criteria relate to emergencies and urgent humanitarian reasons; and
  • Explains that some circumstances may affect or delay the agency’s ability to expedite an application or petition.