Clarifying USCIS Expedite Requests: New Policy Guidance Updates

The USCIS has updated its Policy Manual to clarify procedures for expedite requests related to government interests, emergencies, and urgent travel needs. It specifies how expedite requests are considered for public safety, national interest, or security, particularly emphasizing deference to federal agency assessments. For travel, it outlines considerations for expediting Form I-131 based on urgent needs. The update also explains the process for submitting expedite requests, including the use of USCIS online tools, and how decisions are communicated to requestors. This guidance is effective immediately, superseding prior instructions.

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