USCIS is reaching out to victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan. Filipino nationals in the United States should contact the USCIS or an immigration attorney to learn about a series of existing relief measures that may be available to them. Kudos to the USCIS for proactively identifying and expediting pending petitions for Filipino alien relatives of US citizens.
The following benefits may be available to Filipinos affected by this natural disaster:
- Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
- Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS;
- Extension of certain grants of advance parole, and expedited processing of advance parole requests;
- Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
- Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs);
- Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and
- Assistance to LPRs stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when the LPR is stranded in a place that has no local USCIS office.
Currently, the USCIS has not designated the Philippines as a TPS country. Should it do so, additional immigration benefits will be available. Stay tuned to this blog for updates on this important and developing matter.
If you are in need of bringing a spouse, child, or other family member to the USA but are not sure how, please contact my office.
Theodore Huang, Esq. has been practicing business immigration, EB-5 investor, and family immigration law since 1997. Attorney Huang has 18 recommendations on LinkedIn, an “Excellent” Avvo rating and received the Avvo “Clients’ Choice Award for 2013”. He personally handles his cases without outsourcing. He has written numerous articles on visa matters affecting foreign new hires, start-ups, and intracompany transfers. His articles have appeared on www.VisaSoup.com, www.MyVisa.com, and www.GoFianceeVisa.com