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How can I get expedited processing for my G-639, FOIA Request?

Normally, USCIS processes FOIA requests (Form G-639, Freedom of Information Act Request) using a first-in, first-out method. In extraordinary situations, the requester can ask for a request to be expedited so that it skips ahead in the normal first-in, first-out method.

G-639 Expedited Processing Guidelines

USCIS may grant expedited processing if the requester establishes either:

  • Circumstances in which the lack of expedited treatment could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual; or
  • An urgency to inform the public about an actual or alleged federal government activity, if made by a person primarily engaged in disseminating information.

USCIS makes a decision for expedited processing on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established guidelines (6 C.F.R. §5.5(d)). If you do not meet the requirements for expedited processing of Form G-639, you may qualify for priority processing.

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How to Request Expedited Processing

Submit a cover letter with Form G-639 that makes your request for expediting processing. Your request for expedited processing must include statement, certified true and correct, explaining the basis for requesting expedited treatment.

Time Line

USCIS will make a decision to grant or deny an expedited processing request within 10 calendar days of receiving the request. If a decision is made to deny the request, USCIS will advise you of the reason, and USCIS will process your G-639 FOIA Request using the normal first-in, first-out method. You may resubmit the request or appeal the denial decision.