U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering immigration relief measures for people affected by natural disasters, such as the severe earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma.
One of the immigration reliefs that will be available for those affected by the earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burman is change or extension of nonimmigrant status if you are currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after your authorized period of admission has expired. Also, for students, expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship because of the earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma. If the applicant can prove inability to pay based on a direct impact from the earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma then USCIS may consider fee waivers.
If you have a pending Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny but were unable to appear for an interview, submit evidence or respond in a timely manner because of the earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma then additional time or assistance may be requested. Lastly, expedited adjudication or processing of advance parole documents or replacement of travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) may also be requested.
If you are seeking any of the above relief because of the earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma, you must still file any USCIS forms regularly required for the benefit or relief you are requesting. When filing the appropriate form(s) for your specific request, please explain how the natural disaster created a need for the requested relief.
For more information on the earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Burma, email Gail@GailLaw.com or call 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730.
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