USCIS Reminds About Immigration Services Available To Those Affected by Disasters
The fire hurricane was named Thomas because of the place where it began, next to the college of St. Thomas Aquinas, where the largest fire was recorded firstly.
Within a few hours, the fire enveloped tens of thousands of acres, quickly spreading due to low humidity, strong wind and dry soil.
The state authorities declared purple, that is, the highest, level of danger. President of the United States Donald Trump announced a state of emergency in California.
On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown described the situation as a “new reality”, stating that large-scale fires promoted by climate change will now occur every year or every few years.
Take in account all circumstances the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) offers special immigration services which can help people who were affected by unforeseen circumstances, in particular from the devastating hurricane fires in California.
Such service list is published on the official website of the USCIS department.
The following services are offered:
- Change of status or extension period of stay for persons currently in the US for nonimmigrant visas. The applicant may be exempted from liability for failure to comply with the deadline for filing an application for renewal or change of nonimmigrant status if the delay was caused by circumstances beyond the applicant’s control, including fires in California;
- The re-acquisition of the right for persons with undetermined status to enter the US – Parole (a document authorizing the return to the United States of those claimants who had the need to temporarily leave the country while their immigration case is under consideration) for individuals previously received permission from USCIS;
- Accelerated processing of preliminary requests for Parole;
- Accelerated consideration of requests for work permits for students experiencing serious economic difficulties;
- Accelerated consideration of applications for work permits, if necessary;
- Revision of the terms of payment for services, in the event that the applicant was unable to pay in time due to a fire;
- Assistance to those who received a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny, but was unable to provide evidence or respond to a request because of fires;
- Support for those who, because of the fires, could not appear on the scheduled interview at the USCIS on time;
- Accelerated replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a permanent resident card (green card);
- Reassignment of the meeting for the removal of biometric data, if the applicant was not able to attend the meeting scheduled for earlier because of fires.
When submitting a request for data to the applicant, it is necessary to explain how the fires create a need for the requested service.
For information on how to request these services, or to find out if the USCIS office is open in your area, contact the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283, or visit the USCIS website with a list of non-workers due to fires offices and service centers.
If your meeting in InfoPass was canceled because of the disaster, you can reassign it to another time by link or by calling the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283.
All submitted forms I-9 (work permit) remain in force. If documents due to fire have been lost or damaged, visit the page which telling how to fill out the I-9 form if the employee’s documents are lost, stolen or damaged. Visit I-9 Central for more information about this form.
For more information on how USCIS will help people who affected by unforeseen circumstances, visit the Special Situations page or call the National Customer Service Center 800-375-5283.