Temporary Immigration Relief Measures for Foreign Nationals Affected by Civil Unrest or Natural Disasters

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Temporary Immigration Relief Measures for Foreign Nationals Affected by Civil Unrest or Natural Disasters

On April 13, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced temporary immigration relief measures for foreign nationals affected by their home country conditions, such as civil unrest or a severe environmental disaster.  For examples, home country conditions of the foreign national may impede his/her ability to return home as originally planned, or may create temporary financial difficulties for the foreign nationals and his/her families; extreme situations beyond your control also may affect your ability to maintain lawful immigration status while in the United States.

The available temporary immigration relief measures you may apply include:

  1. A change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States;
  2. Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  3. Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and relatives of lawful permanent residents whose priority dates are current;
  4. Expedited employment authorization, where appropriate;
  5. Visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program may contact a USCIS local office for assistance at https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=offices.type&OfficeLocator.office_type=LO ; and
  6. Where applicable, humanitarian parole may be available.

Currently, the regions or countries that are affected by civil unrest or natural disaster include, but are limited to, the  Middle East region, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Syria, Libya, and Japan.

By Aik Wan Kok Fillali, Attorney at Law, at Tiya PLC; Tel: 703-772-8224

www.tiyaimmigration.com ; http://tiyalaw.blogspot.com ; www.immigrationresource.net

We represent employers, and individuals and their families in green card and work visa matters in U.S. immigration law. We also have a focus on self-petition green card cases such as extraordinary ability and national interest waiver.

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This article is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be relied on as a legal advice or an attorney-client relationship.


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