Expedite green card processing with the following tips.
Requests to have your green card application expedited (i.e., Form I-485, the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) are discretionary and subject to approval by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
How to expedite green card processing
USCIS requires that one or more of the criteria below are met:
Severe financial loss to company or individual
Example one: The applicant is currently working for a company in the United States and in order to continue working he or she needs to obtain a green card. In this case, you would need to convince USCIS that your position in the company is essential and the company will lose a substantial amount of money if you do not receive an expedited green card.
Example two: Your U.S. citizen spouse isn’t employed and the family would suffer severe financial loss if the foreign national does not obtain an expedited green card.
An extreme, emergency situation
Example: The foreign national fears persecution or serious harm in his or her home country if forced to leave the United States if the application isn’t approved within a certain time frame.
Example: The foreign national is afflicted with a serious health condition and requires an expedited green card in order to maintain his or her medical condition. If forced to leave the United States, he or she may endure serious bodily harm and/or death.
An error made by USCIS
Example: USCIS issued an Request for Evidence in error when the evidence requested was already provided in the initial green card application causing an unnecessary delay. An expedited green card can be requested to make up for the lost time.
Expedited green card processing times
The standard processing time for a green card petitioned from outside the United States is eight to 12 months.
However, USCIS can sometimes take as little as three months to process Form I-485, which adjusts status to a permanent resident. If USCIS agrees that you meet the criteria for an expedited green card, they will process your petition as quickly as possible. Some expedited green cards are approved in a few weeks, while others still take a few months. There is no set processing time once a green card is approved for expedited processing, as they are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Supporting documentation is the best way to prove you are eligible for an expedited green card and should be sent along with the application.
If you have questions about the green card process, request a free case assessment with one of our immigration representatives.