"How long is this going to take?" - its one of the most common questions posed to immigration attorneys by clients. Whether applying for a visa for a spouse or fiancee that is currently overseas or awaiting the completion of an Application for Naturalization, the amount of time that an individual should expect to wait for the completion of a given process is often unpredictable. However, USCIS does provide for the expedite of certain applications under certain circumstances.
Given North Carolina's large military bases in Jacksonville and Fayetteville, members of the US armed forces are often common users of the expedite service. USCIS has provided a list of circumstances in which it will expedite the adjudication of a particular filing.
- Severe financial loss to company or individual
- Extreme emergent situation
- Humanitarian situation
- Nonprofit status of requesting organization in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States
- Department of Defense or National Interest Situation
- USCIS error
- Compelling interest of USCIS
If the circumstances of your case fit within one of these criteria, requesting USCIS to expedite your process may mean the difference between waiting weeks versus months for a decision. The USCIS-Durham Field Office has be extraordinarily helpful to clients of Brown Immigration Law in accommodating expedite requests, be it for an oath ceremony or biometrics scheduling. While the expedite of a petition is completely discretionary and cannot be guaranteed, having an experienced attorney assist you in seeking an expedite may help to shave months off of an otherwise lengthy process.