How do I expedite my case?
Hi. I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office in St. Louis, Missouri. Our friend Dia over in Egypt sent us an email this morning wondering how can she expedite her case or what effect does expediting have a case with either USCIS, the National Visa Center, or the embassies. And in my humble opinion, motions to expedite or requests to expedite are a waste of time. Sorry to be yelling. Sorry to be talking in all caps, but I have put zero stock in motions or requests to expedite.
The fact of the matter is that most such requests are denied. But even the ones that are supposedly granted, very rarely result in anything happen faster. Now in Dia’s case, I got the sense that she was saying that she wanted to expedite a case for the adult son of a US citizen, and that she wanted to cut down the number of years that someone would have to wait. That’s never going to work.
But in any event, you can’t expect USCIS or the State Department to actually expedite your case. Now everybody always comes to me and says, “Jim, I know this guy who talked to a lady at the laundry mat how heard a story about a guy in California who was able to get his case expedited.” Now I’m sure that there are times where cases are expedited, and I’m also sure that there’s cases where USCIS says they’ll expedite it and they actually do. I’m sure that happens. But it is extremely, extremely rare. And if you are setting yourself up for frustration by making these requests, I really think you need to think it through because there’s certainly no harm in doing it but don’t get your hopes up.
I’ve talked to hundreds of people who’ve made such requests, and a few have been granted. But none of their cases have gone any faster. The fact of the matter is that if your case has been delayed, the only way to get it moving is to sue them. And we’ve talked on many, many videos about that. But the purpose of this video is to just tell you that if you make a request to expedite, don’t get your hopes up, don’t start packing your bags. Nothing is going to happen quickly. And I’ve seen numerous cases where the motion to expedite has supposedly been allowed, and the case goes slower than ever.
So again, I don’t put much stock in motions to expedite or a request for expediting. I’m going to send this out to my clients who ask about expediting. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t really work.
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