U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds customers affected by
Hurricane Sandy of certain U.S. immigration benefits or relief that may be available
USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to
maintain lawful immigration status or obtain certain other immigration benefits.
Eligible individuals may request or apply for temporary relief measures, including:
A 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 or re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
Expedited adjudication of off-campus employment authorization applications
for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
• Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications; and
Assistance to Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) 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 LPRs are stranded in places that do not have a local USCIS office.
Where appropriate, USCIS may exercise its discretion to allow for delays in filing
resulting from the hurricane. This may include, for example:
Assistance to those who have not appeared for an interview or submitted
required forms of evidence. You may show how the disrupting event affected
your connection to USCIS and your ability to appear or submit documents as
Assistance to those who have not been able to respond to Requests For
Evidence (RFEs) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). USCIS will extend the
deadline for individuals to respond to RFEs or NOIDs by 30 days. This will
apply to all RFEs and NOIDs with a deadline of October 26 through
November 26, 2012. During this time, USCIS will not issue denials based on
abandonment of an application or petition.
Visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program may visit a local USCIS office for
assistance. Please check whether your local USCIS office is open before going.
Individuals affected by the hurricane who are at a U.S. airport may contact the
nearest U.S. Customs and Border Protection office for assistance.