When to Request Expedited Processing
You will need to make sure you can describe a true emergency need for help, such as:
- a family member is very ill or dying in your home country and you need permission to leave the country during your green card processing to visit them
- you are a member of the military who will be shipped overseas on a certain date, but wish to bring your overseas fiancé to the United States in order to get married before that date, or
- you have a scheduled surgery coming up, with a long recovery period afterward, and may be unable to attend an important USCIS appointment if it is not scheduled before the surgery.
Remember, USCIS will not change the laws to accommodate you. If, for example, you are waiting in line for a family- or employment-based visa, and the government has already given out the maximum number in your category that year but your priority date still is not current, nothing you can do will convince it to give you a visa out of next year’s allotment.
But if you’re simply waiting for the government to act on something that it could do any time, but for being backed up with excess work, you can legitimately ask for quicker attention.
There is also a special opportunity to ask for expedited processing of your adjustment of status (I-485) or naturalization (N-400) application if your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is about to run out and USCIS has already taken more than six months without deciding your application. See the “Questions and Answers: Expedited Processing Available for Certain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries” page of the USCIS website for details.