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USCIS Reminds Those Affected by South Carolina Floods of Immigration Relief Options


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued an alert noting that the agency “offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as disasters like the recent severe flooding in South Carolina.”

USCIS said that requestors should “explain how the flooding created a need for the requested relief.” The agency noted that the following measures may be available upon request:

  • 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
  • Replacing lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (green card)
  • Rescheduling of scheduled biometrics appointment

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