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Immigration Assistance Available for Those Affected by Natural Disasters

By February 10, 2022February 28th, 2022Deportation & Humanitarian Immigration, Immigration
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USCIS offers immigration services to those affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. Natural disasters as uncontrollable events, such as tornadoes, floods, or tsunamis, not caused nor controlled by humans.

The following measures may be available on a case-by-case basis upon request:

  • Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. Failure to apply for the extension or change before expiration of your authorized period of admission may be excused if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control;
  • Re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
  • Expedited processing of advance parole requests;
  • Expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate;
  • Consideration of fee waiver requests due to an inability to pay;
  • Flexibility for those who received a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny but were unable to submit evidence or otherwise respond in a timely manner;
  • Flexibility if you were unable to appear for a scheduled interview with USCIS;
  • Expedited replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), Employment Authorization Documents, and Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94); and

When making a request, the individual should explain to USCIS who the impact of the unforeseen circumstances created the need for the requested relief. Relief can be requested by calling the USCIS customer service line at 800-375-5283.

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