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.