USCIS Expedite Request
Guide to USCIS Expedite Request
for Fiance or Spouse Visa
USCIS Expedite Criteria
USCIS expedite is a method to specifically speed up the USCIS phase of a US Visa if you qualify for an expedite.
In order to qualify for an expedite, you must meet the USCIS expedite criteria.
USCIS reviews all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership. The burden is on the applicant or petitioner to demonstrate that one or more of the expedite criteria have been met.
USCIS may expedite a petition or application if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Severe financial loss to company or person;
- Emergency situation (For example, the applicant is gravely ill.);
- Humanitarian reasons (For example, outbreak of war in the home country.);
- Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States;
- Department of Defense or national interest situation (These particular expedite requests must come from an official U.S. government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to the government.);
- USCIS error; or
- Compelling interest of USCIS.
USCIS Expedite Procedure
For the purpose to make a request to expedite the processing of a fiance or spouse visa, the petitioner calls the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283. Subsequently, NCSC forwards the Service Request to the office with jurisdiction over the application or petition.
Also, the petitioner may visit a local office by scheduling an InfoPass appointment or writing a letter to the field office or service center. On the other hand, applicants or petitioners outside the United States should submit their requests directly to the USCIS office with jurisdiction over their applications or petitions. For example, a Direct Consular Filing spouse visa application is an example. For contact information for USCIS offices outside the United States, see the USCIS website.
Approval of such requests is discretionary. Therefore, USCIS reserves the right to request documentation supporting the request to expedite an application or petition.
If the expedite is approved, then the petition is reviewed in an expedited schedule. On the contrary, if the expedite is denied, then the petition is reviewed in the normal timeframe.