USCIS Announced Immigration Help for Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

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USCIS Announced Immigration Help for Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

Previously, on August 30, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced immigration services to help people affected by unforeseen circumstances/disaster.  Specifically, USCIS provided an example as those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

With U.S. still recovering from the aftermath of recent Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma has caused flooding, damages and chaos in many parts of Florida, since Sunday.

The August 30, 2017 temporary immigration reliefs from USCIS seem applicable to people affected by Hurricane Irma.  Today, USCIS confirmed that such discretionary reliefs apply to those affected by Hurricane Irma.  Hurricane Irma may be one of the USCIS special situations (if so impacted) for requesting certain discretionary reliefs from USCIS. This USCIS clarification is important given the highly discretionary nature of these immigration services.

Services, announced on August 30, 2017, for individuals affected by disasters such as Hurricane Harvey (including Hurricane Irma) are given on a case-by-case basis upon request.  Applicant must include an explanation on the impact of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma causing a need for such services.  The services that may be available are:

* Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States. Non-timely extension or change of status may be excused if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the applicant’s control;

* Re-paroling individuals previously on parole by USCIS;

* Expedited processing of advance parole;

* Expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization based on severe economic hardship for F-1 students;

* Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where applicable;

* Consideration of fee waivers due to an inability to pay;

* Assisting those with a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny but were unable to submit evidence or respond timely;

* Assisting those who are unable to appear for a USCIS scheduled interview;

* Expedited 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.

September 12, 2017

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: seven zero three – 772-8224 & info at tiyaimmigration dot com; Direct dial from abroad: 001-703-772-8224; ; ;

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