Potential Delays and Solutions
Processing times for Form I-817 can be affected by various factors, which applicants need to consider. This section outlines the common causes for such delays, how to place expedite requests, and approaches to manage setbacks.
Common Causes for Delays
The time it takes to process Form I-817 is influenced by the volume of applications received, the complexity of individual cases, and the workload at local USCIS field offices. High application volumes can slow down the system, while complex cases may require additional review, increasing processing times. Field offices with high workloads can also contribute to longer processing times, as they may have more cases to handle than offices with fewer submissions.
In certain circumstances, applicants can submit an expedite request if they believe their case warrants faster processing due to urgent humanitarian reasons, severe financial loss, or other compelling factors. To request expedited processing, the applicant must provide supporting documents and convincing evidence to USCIS to justify the need for a quicker response.
Dealing with Setbacks
When faced with delays, it is imperative to stay informed about any updates or changes in processing times. Applicants should check the USCIS website regularly for the most current information. If necessary, seeking legal advice can also be beneficial, as an immigration attorney can provide guidance, assess the situation, and offer possible solutions for moving forward with the application process.