Special Benefits to Victims of the Typhoon in the Philippines

In light of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (named “Yolanda” by Philippine authorities), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds Filipino nationals that they may be eligible for certain immigration relief measures if requested.

Filipino nationals impacted by Typhoon Haiyan may be eligible to benefit from the following immigration relief measures:
• 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 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 green card holders;
• Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and
• Assistance to green card holders 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 green card holder is stranded in a place that has no local US immigration office.

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