United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed various immigration relief initiatives for Nepali nationals from who were directly or indirectly affected by the deadly earthquake that shook the Himalayan nation April 25, 2015. The 7.5 rector scale earthquake caused massive damage, taking over 7,000 lives.
USCIS proposed measures include the following initiatives.
- Individuals who are currently in the US may apply for a change or extension of nonimmigrant status.
- Individuals who are currently in the US may be eligible for a grant of re-parole.
- Individuals who are currently in the US may be eligible for expedited processing of advance parole requests.
- Applicants for adjudication of employment authorization may eligible for expedited processing.
- F-1 students may be eligible for expedited adjudication and approval of off campus employment authorization.
- Certain individuals may be eligible for USCIS benefit application fee waivers.
- USCIS issued immigration and travel documents may be replaced.
For further information about relief services available to those who have been affected by unforeseen conditions such as the Nepal earthquake, visit the USCIS website to learn more about how unexpected circumstances in your home country may affect immigrant applications.