Aid for Immigration Amid Unforeseen Events

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) underscores its commitment to providing immigration assistance to individuals affected by unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters both within the United States and abroad. Notable instances include the flooding in Pakistan and hurricanes Fiona in Puerto Rico and Ian in Florida. USCIS emphasizes the availability of various measures on a case-by-case basis, offering relief and support to those facing challenges due to these unforeseen events.

The following measures are accessible upon request:

  1. Changing or extending nonimmigrant status for individuals in the U.S., with possible excusals for delays caused by extraordinary circumstances beyond their control.
  2. Re-parole for individuals previously granted parole by USCIS.
  3. Expedited processing of advance parole requests.
  4. Fast-track adjudication of off-campus employment authorization requests for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship.
  5. Swift adjudication of petitions or applications, including employment authorization applications, when appropriate.
  6. Consideration of fee waiver requests due to financial constraints.
  7. Flexibility for those unable to respond to Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny in a timely manner.
  8. Accommodations for those who missed scheduled interviews with USCIS.
  9. Expedited replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS.
  10. Rescheduling of biometric services appointments.

Individuals seeking assistance are encouraged to explain how the impact of unforeseen circumstances, such as a natural disaster, necessitates the requested relief. In cases where evidence is lost, a thorough explanation and supporting documentation, such as a police report or insurance claim, should accompany the request.

For more information, individuals can visit the Special Situations page or contact USCIS at 800-375-5283. Accessibility services are available for individuals with disabilities through (TTY) 800-767-1833 or (VRS) 877-709-5797.

To ensure timely communication and avoid potential case-related delays, USCIS urges individuals to update their addresses. Changing the address with the U.S. Postal Service does not automatically update the address with USCIS.

For information on office closings and appointment rescheduling, individuals can visit the Office Closings page. Form I-9 requirements remain in place, and individuals affected by unforeseen circumstances can find guidance on completing Form I-9 on the I-9 Central page.

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