USCIS has advised that it offers immigration relief measures for people affected by natural disasters, such as the severe earthquakes that recently occurred in Ecuador, Japan and Burma and were present in the U.S. when the events happened.
The following measures may be available upon request:
- change or extension of nonimmigrant status if the applicant is currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
- re-parole for those previously granted parole by USCIS;
- expedited processing of requests for advance parole documents;
- expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
- expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate;
- consideration of fee waivers due to an inability to pay;
- assistance if the applicant received a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny but was unable to appear for an interview, submit evidence or respond in a timely manner because of the natural disaster; and
replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).