The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced emergency immigration relief for non-citizens who experienced hardship as a result of recent flooding in the Midwest and severe storms in the South. This relief includes:
- Change or extension of status for an individual currently in the United States on a temporary, non-immigrant visa. Such a request can be approved even if it was filed after the authorized period of admission has expired.
- Re-entry of foreign nationals who had been previously granted parole by USCIS.
- Expedited processing of requests for advance parole (permission to leave the U.S.)
- Faster processing for F1 international students looking for off-campus work opportunities due to economic hardship.
- Expedited adjudication of work authorization applications, where appropriate.
- Consideration of fee waivers due to an inability to pay.
- Assistance for those who received a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny but were unable to appear for an interview, submit evidence or respond in a timely manner.
- Replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or work authorization.
- Rescheduling of a biometrics/fingerprinting appointment.
Anyone seeking relief under these temporary protective provisions needs to explain to USCIS how the weather or flooding affected their ability to file timely applications or responses to requests for evidence. If you have questions about this, feel free to give us a call at (314) 961-8200.