How to Expedite a K1 Fiance or Immigrant Application


The USCIS has provided examples of when an expedite request may be granted. These situations may include, but are not limited to, situations in which the applicant establishes one or more of the following:

  • The applicant has urgent and critical medical needs that cannot be addressed in the applicant’s country;
  • An applicant’s family member in the United States has a serious medical condition and has urgent and critical medical needs related to that condition that require the applicant to assist the family member in the United States;
  • The applicant is faced with urgent circumstances related to the death or serious illness of a family member;
  • The applicant or qualifying family member is a particularly vulnerable individual due to age, serious medical condition, or disability and this vulnerability is exacerbated by the applicant’s presence outside the United States;
  • The applicant is at risk of serious harm due to personal circumstances distinct from the general safety conditions of those living in the applicant’s country;
  • It would be in the national interest of the United States to have the applicant in the United States (for example, the applicant’s presence in the United States is urgently required for work with a U.S. government entity); or
  • As described in a request from or for a member of the Armed Forces of the United States
  1. The applicant’s qualifying family member is a member of the military who is deployed or will soon be deployed; and
  1. The applicant demonstrates that, in light of the deployment there are compelling reasons to expedite the request due to the impact of the applicant’s absence from the United States on the applicant, the qualifying family member, or their children, if any.

The above non-exhaustive list describes some examples of situations that may, depending on the facts of the case, merit a discretionary approval of a request to expedite adjudication of a waiver request.  However, these are not the only circumstances that may warrant expeditious processing.

K-1 fiancee and K-3 spousal visa couples find it emotional difficult to endure the lengthy processing periods. The prospect of having to wait for up to one year and work with three different U.S. government agencies can be overwhelming and depressing. As an immigration attorney since 1997, I have successful helped clients navigate the immigration maze efficiently and as quickly as possible. My 17 recommendations on LinkedIn is a testament to my customer-service orientation and the fact that I can get results for my clients.

Give me a call to learn what I can do to decrease the wait, expedite the preparation and processing of your application, and have you be reunited with your loved one as soon as possible.

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