Foreign nationals who have been affected by Hurricane Isaac that hit the U.S. gulf states on August 29, 2012 are being made available certain immigration benefits by U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Natural Disasters definitely cause disruptions that further hinder the ability of maintaining lawful immigration status by certain affected individuals. Usually at such situations, USCIS puts efforts to bring relief for the victims.
On the same grounds, USCIS have provided some temporary relief measures for the eligible individuals who are victims of Hurricane Isaac.
They are as follows:
An individual who is currently in United States is allowed late filing for a change or extension of non-immigrant status, even when the request filed after the authorized period of admission has expired.
Individuals, who have been parolees into the United States and have been previously granted parole by USCIS, will be offered extension or re-parole and can apply for expedited processing of advance parole (APs).
Due to the severe economic hardship that students in F-1 status would face at such situations, they are offered to apply for off-campus employment authorization (EAD).
The processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) whose priority dates are current will be speeded up.
During disastrous natural calamities, it is very much possible that LPRs stranded overseas may find themselves without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when LPRs are stranded in places that do not have a local USCIS office.
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