Following the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon ever recorded, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has posted that certain immigration relief measures might be available for them.
Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) has so far killed almost 4,000 people in the Philippines alone. Wind speeds reached 145mph.
Almost 11 million have been impacted by the severe natural disaster and many of those have been left homeless.
The USCIS offers the following immigration relief measures for qualifying individuals:
- Change or extension of nonimmigrant status, even when request has been filed after the period of admission has expired
- Extension of some grants of parole
- Expedited processing of advance parole requests
- Expedited approval and adjudication or requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students who are experiencing economic hardship
- Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and green card holders
- Assistance to green card holders currently stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents