Hurricane Sandy has affected many states on the East Coast. In the wake of the storm, FEMA is getting positive reviews for how they are handling relief efforts. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, is also doing their part. They are announcing that some U.S. immigration assistance or relief will be available for people affected by the hurricane.
This unfortunate disaster might get in the way of a person’s immigration processes, including the maintenance of lawful status in the U.S. People who are eligible will be able to seek the following temporary immigration benefits:
- If the authorized period of admission has expired, he or she may be able to request a change or extend their nonimmigrant status.
- If the USCIS has granted parole to an individual, he or she may request an extension of parole or a re-parole.
- If a student with an F-1 visa is experiencing severe economic hardship due to the hurricane, he or she may request for faster-processing of off-campus employment authorizations. People with other kids of U.S. visas may also request faster-processing of employment authorization applications.
- If a legal permanent resident is stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents like the Green Card, the USCIS and the Department of State will offer assistance when in places that do not have local USCIS offices.
Accommodations may also be made for people who failed to appear at a USCIS interview or failed to submit certain documents at designated time.
Visit the USCIS page for more information.