In light of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (named “Yolanda” by Philippine authorities). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to remind Filipino nationals that they may be eligible for certain immigration relief measures if requested.
USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status in the United States. Therefore, Filipino nationals impacted by Typhoon Haiyan may be eligible to benefit from the following immigration relief measures:
- Extension of certain grants of advance parole, and expedited processing of advance parole requests;
- Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS;
- Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
- Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs);
- Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate;
- Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorization period of admission has expired;
Assistance to LPRs stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Card (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when the LPR is stranded in a place that has no local USCIS office.
For information on USCIS humanitarian programs, visit http://www.uscis.gov/ or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.
For information regarding disaster-related email scams, visit http://www.us-cert.gov/ “Alert and Tips.”
Article – credit USCIS website: http://www.us-cert.gov
Release Date November 15, 2013.