Employment-Based and
Family-Based Immigration Law

Filipino Nationals Impacted by Typhoon

On November 15, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines resulting in loss of lives, displacing family members, and devastating the lives of many. In light of this, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) notifies Filipino nationals affected by the disaster may be able to benefit from certain immigration relief measures including:

• Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for individuals 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.

If you believe you are eligible for immigration relief measures, and other U.S. humanitarian programs, additional information is available at www.uscis.gov

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