How to Place a Congressman Request with USCIS

How to Place a Congressman Request with USCIS

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Last updated: April 4, 2024.

Requesting your Congressman’s assistance to expedite a USCIS application involves the following steps:

  • Identify Your Congressman:
      • Find out who your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives is. You can use this online tool for this information
  • Contact Information:
      • Visit your Congressman’s office website and find the link where you can submit a request for assistance with a federal agency (USCIS)
  • Prepare Necessary Information:
      • Gather all relevant information about your USCIS application
      • This may include your receipt number, the type of application, petitioner’s, beneficiary’s, or applicant’s personal information
  • Draft a Request:
      • Be clear and concise about the purpose of your request and provide all necessary details. Include:
        • Your full name and contact information
        • A brief overview of your immigration situation
        • The USCIS application type and case number
        • The USCIS Service Center that is currently handling your case
        • The reason for the expedited request, such as a compelling circumstance, urgent need, processing time longer than average, etc.
  • Attach Supporting Documents:
      • Include any supporting documents that can strengthen your case for expedited processing
      • This may include USCIS receipt notices, printout from the USCIS Processing Times page, medical records, employment letters, or any other relevant evidence
  • Submit Your Request:
      • Submit your request online on the Congressman’s office website
      • Many representatives have specific forms on their websites that you can use for constituent assistance requests
  • Follow Up:
    • After submitting your request, follow up with the Congressman’s office to check on the status of your inquiry. Be patient but persistent

Remember that the decision to expedite a USCIS application ultimately rests with USCIS, and congressional assistance does not guarantee approval. 

However, having your representative advocate on your behalf may help bring attention to your case.

How to Place a Congressman Request to Expedite USCIS application

  1. Enter your ZIP code here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

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2. Click on “Find your REP by ZIP” button

3. Enter your full U.S. address

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4. Click on “Find your REP by address” button

5. You will see your congressman’s profile. Click on desktop icon under your congressman’s name

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6. You will be forwarded to your congressman’s website. On your congressman’s website find the “Contact” or “Services” page

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7. Fill out the Privacy Release Form (see below instructions on completing the Privacy Release Form) or fill out the “Contact Us” form

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8. Once the Privacy Release or contact form is sent to the congressman office, their staff will contact you (typically via email) and inform you of the next step

9. After your congressman’s office has all the required documents and information, they will place a request directly with the USCIS Congressional Liaison

10. Approximately 1-2 months after your congressman’s office places a request with USCIS, USCIS should contact the congressman’s office via email and provide them with an update in your case (for example: Request to expedite is approved/denied, etc.)

11. In our experience, even if USCIS formally denies the congressman’s request to expedite your application or responds that “the application is being processed in a timely manner”, requesting your congressman’s assistance helps to receive a decision from USCIS sooner

How to fill out the Privacy Release Form:

Agency Involvedselect “USCIS”

Petitioner/Applicant Information

  • Form I-130 – the U.S. citizen or permanent resident sponsor is the “Petitioner”
  • Form I-140 – the U.S. employer sponsor is the “Petitioner”
  • Form I-140 (self-petitioners such as EB-1A and EB-2 NIW), applicant is the “Petitioner”
  • Form I-751 – both the conditional resident and the sponsoring spouse are the “Petitioners”
  • Form I-485 – person applying for permanent residence is the “Applicant”
  • Form I-765 – person applying for employment authorization is the “Applicant”
  • Form I-131 – person applying for a travel document (including Advance Parole” is the “Applicant”

Determine which immigration form or application you want to expedite

Either the petitioner or applicant must provide their personal information and sign the Privacy Release Form. For example, if you want to expedite Form I-130, the petitioner can file a request. If you want to expedite Form I-485, the applicant can file a request.

Applicant Prefix – choose Petitioner’s or Applicant’s prefix (Mr., Mrs., etc.)

Applicant First Name – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s first name

Applicant Last Name – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s last name

Date of Birth – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s date of birth in the mm/dd/yyyy format

Country of Birth – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s country of birth

Alien Number – enter Petitioner’s Alien Registration Number (A number, or USCIS #). U.S. citizens born in the U.S. or born abroad to US citizen parents do not have alien numbers.

Beneficiary Information

This section must be completed only if you are requesting assistance with Forms I-130 or I-140.

“Beneficiary” is the person being sponsored for permanent residency.

Beneficiary Prefix – choose Beneficiary’s prefix (Mr., Mrs., etc.)

Beneficiary First Name – enter Beneficiary’s first name

Beneficiary Last Name – enter Beneficiary’s last name

Date of Birth – enter Beneficiary’s date of birth in the mm/dd/yyyy format

Country of Birth – enter Beneficiary’s country of birth

Alien Number – enter Beneficiary’s Alien Registration Number (A number, or USCIS #). Some beneficiaries do not have A numbers (leave blank).

USCIS Information

USCIS receipt or tracking number – enter the receipt number for the immigration form you want to expedite

Field Office or Service Center – the service center can be found in the lower left corner of the receipt notice

Personal Information

In this section provide personal information of the individual who is submitting this request (typically, a petitioner or applicant).

Prefix – choose Petitioner’s or Applicant’s prefix (Mr., Mrs., etc.)

First Name – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s first name

Middle Initial – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s middle initial

Last Name – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s last name

Address – enter Petitioner’s or Applicant’s full address

Have you contacted any other elected official regarding this case?

  • If you have previously contacted another congressman regarding this case, answer “Yes”
  • If you have not previously contacted another congressman, answer “No”

If Yes, Official’s name? If you have previously contacted another congressman’s office, provide the congressman’s name. Otherwise, leave blank

Please explain the problem and the resolution/outcome you are seeking – Describe in detail why you need to request congressional assistance with USCIS. Include a brief overview of your immigration situation and the reason for the expedited request, such as a compelling circumstance, urgent need, processing time longer than average, etc.

Please attach all relevant casework if applicable – Upload USCIS receipt notice(s) and any documents supporting your claim.

Section below to be completed by the person who is the subject of the records: the Petitioner or the Applicant who filed the immigration form or application, must sign this request.

Click “Submit”. Save the confirmation number for your records.

See also:

USCIS Expedite Request