Submitting an immigration application can be a long and complex process especially for those applying themselves. Ultimately, there is a lot of information an applicant would need to understand before submitting a successful application. We want to help so here are 5 tips to help speed up your US immigration processing and avoid delays!
1. Include Additional Documents/Error-Free Application
If you decide to process your US immigration application on your own, there is a lot of room for error as immigrating can be a complex process. An easy way that all applicants can do to speed up their USCIS application is to be sure the submission is error-free. Additionally, when you are asked to provide supporting documents, submit everything you have even if the number of documents needed is met.
If you are lacking support within documents you provide or the USCIS reports an error in your application, you will receive a Request for Evidence (RFE). Receiving an RFE does not mean your application has been rejected, it just needs tweaking. We suggest trial-check your immigration application as receiving an RFE with inevitably delay your application process.
2. Pay for Premium Processing
For workers coming to the USCIS, you are given the option to pay for premium processing which is guaranteed completion within 15 calendar days. If your application isn’t processed within 15 days you will be refunded the premium processing fee and will continue with expedited processing. When seeking premium processing, you will need to determine if you are filing a Form I-907 ($1,440-$2,500) or Form I-129 ($1,440-$1,500).
3. Make a USCIS Service Request
There are many reasons why an immigration application could be delayed. In some scenarios, your application is being updated incorrectly or simply lost. In this case, it’s a great idea to contact USCIS to find more out about the status of your application. Often time this helps to speed up the process!
4. Request Expedited Processing
If you find yourself in a situation where expedited processing is vital and you aren’t able to pay for premium services, you can request expedited processing through the USCIS. The USCIS may consider this request if:
- Severe financial loss to a company or person, provided that the need for urgent action is not the result of the petitioner’s or applicant’s failure to
- Urgent humanitarian reasons
- Compelling U.S. government interests (such as urgent cases for the Department of Defense or DHS, or other public safety or national security interests)
- Clear USCIS error
5. Hire An Immigration Lawyer!
Immigration is not always simple so we often recommend speaking and hiring an immigration professional to help with your application processing. Not only do immigration professionals know the rules and regulations which often change, but we also get frequent updates that could possibly affect your case. When looking to hire an immigration lawyer, be sure to find some qualified to carefully handle your case and improve your chances of approval.