USCIS Procedures on Immigration Help for Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

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USCIS Procedures on Immigration Help for Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

On September 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced detailed immigration services to help people affected by unforeseen circumstances/disaster.   Specifically, USCIS provided an example as those affected by Hurricane Irma.  This USCIS clarification is important because such immigration services are highly discretionary.   This detailed announcement on September 13, 2017 is in addition to its September 12, 2017 confirmation on immigration help for Hurricane Irma victims.  See 

While Hurricane Irma has caused serious damages in many parts of Florida, U.S. is still recovering from the aftermath of recent Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  Previously, on August 30, 2017, USCIS announced the same discretionary temporary reliefs to individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Immigration help for these individuals are given on a case-by-case basis upon request.  Applicant must include an explanation on how the impact of Hurricane Irma has caused 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;
  • Expediting processing of advance parole;
  • Expediting adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization based on severe economic hardship for F-1 students;
  • Expediting adjudication of employment authorization applications, where applicable;
  • Considering fee waivers due to an inability to pay;
  • Assisting those with a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny who were unable to submit evidence or respond timely;
  • Assisting those who are unable to appear for a USCIS scheduled interview;
  • 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.

September 13, 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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