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Do You Merit an Expedited Processing for an Advance Parole Document, a Reentry Permit, or a Refugee Travel Document?

Last updated on Aug 28th, 2017

An applicant may expedite processing of the application for either a Reentry Permit, a Refugee Travel Document, or an Advance Parole Document, if he or she satisfies the expedite criteria and makes a request to expedite. The burden is on the applicant to show that one or more of the expedite criteria have been met.

If the applicant needs expedited processing, the I-131 filing should include a statement of the applicant’s reasons for such processing so that USCIS may determine whether he or she qualifies for expedited processing.  The filing should also include any supporting evidence available.

The criteria are as follows:

  • Severe financial loss to company or individual

Expedited handling is available in this situation where failure to adjudicate a petition within a specific time frame would cause severe financial harm and no other remedy exists.

  • Extreme emergent situation

For this expedited processing basis, USCIS provides an example. The example is the applicant is gravely sick.

  • Humanitarian situation,

For this expedited processing basis, USCIS provides an example. The example is a situation in which there is an outbreak of war in the home country.

  • The request is made by a nonprofit organization and the request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the US
  • United States Department of Defense or National Interest Situation.

The expedite request must come from an official U.S. government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to the government.

With regard to making an expedite request after filing the Form I-131, applicants or their representatives must call the National Customer Service Center to request expedited service.

If special circumstances exist and advance parole is needed quickly, the applicant may make an InfoPass appointment to visit a local USCIS office.

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