Earlier this month, United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced measures to assist people whose applications to USCIS may have been affected by severe weather conditions. USCIS specifically addressed those whose applications may be delayed as a result of the severe weather conditions and flooding in the Southern and Midwestern regions of the United States.
USCIS encourages applicants to contact the USCIS National Customer Centre at 1-800-375-5283 if they are concerned about the status of their application due to severe weather. Applicants can find additional information about what to do with about their applications in cases of natural catastrophes and other extreme situations by visiting http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations.
Immigration Relief Measures
USCIS offers immigration relief measures for those affected by the severe weather conditions. If you have been affected by severe weather or other serious unforeseen circumstances, contact USCIS for help with any of the following measures.
- Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired.
- Re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS.
- Expedited processing of advance parole requests.
- 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 for those who received a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny but were unable to appear for an interview, submit evidence or respond in a timely manner.
- Replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
- Rescheduling of a biometrics appointment.
If you think you and your application may be affected by such conditions beyond your control, USCIS strongly urges applicants to call before submitting their applications and be ready to explain in detail how such unforeseen circumstances provide a need for requested application submission deadline relief from USCIS.