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

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Normally FOIA requests are processed using a first-in, first-out method. In extraordinary situations, the requester can request that a request be expedited so that it skips ahead in the normal first-in, first-out method. USCIS may granted 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.

A request for expedited processing must include statement, certified true and correct, explaining the basis for requesting expedited treatment.

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, you will be advised of the reason, and your G-639 FOIA Request will be processed using the normal first-in, first-out method. You may resubmit the request or appeal the denial decision.

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