Immigration Help for Those Affected by California Wildfires

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Immigration Help for Those Affected by California Wildfires


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expedite or provide discretionary handling of immigration cases impacted by unforeseen or extreme situations, or natural catastrophes such as the recent California wildfires.


Expedite or discretionary request may be made during or after filing an immigration case.


Upon request, USCIS will provide the following on a discretionary basis:


  • Changing or extending a nonimmigrant status in the U.S.: If you don’t apply for the extension or change before your authorized period of admission expires, USCIS may excuse a delay in applying for the extension or change before an authorized period of admission expires if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the nonimmigrant’s control;
  • Re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
  • Expediting processing of advance parole requests;
  • Expediting adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  • Expediting adjudication of employment authorization applications;
  • Consideration of fee waivers due to an inability to pay;
  • Extension of response time or acceptance of a late response to a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent;
  • Rescheduling an interview with USCIS;
  • Expediting replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card); and
  • Rescheduling a biometrics appointment.



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August 15, 2018


This article is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be relied on as legal advice or attorney-client relationship. By Aik Wan Kok, Lawyer USA Immigration Services, at Tiya; Tel: 703-772-8224 & info at tiyaimmigration dot com; Direct dial from abroad: 001-703-7728224 ;



Aik Wan Kok at Tiya represents companies, employers, individuals and families, located nationwide and internationally, in U.S. Immigration Law.  We focus on diverse immigration cases such as extraordinary ability; national interest waiver; PERM; green card; N-400 Naturalization; various waivers; H cases; L executive, manager and specialized knowledge professional; E treaty investor/trader; cases with USCIS, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Consulates and National Visa Center.


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