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USCIS offers Immigration Relief for Disaster Victims

Immigrant families who are not U.S. citizens can receive relief measures when affected by unforeseen disasters, such as the recent severe flooding in South Carolina. ? Many families have members with different immigration statuses.

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USCIS has announced that families with members who are not U.S. citizens can apply for disaster services, no matter what their immigration status is. For families where the parents are undocumented but the children are U.S. citizens can apply on behalf of their children.

The following are some of the situations where relief can be requested:

Extension or change of non-immigrant status even if the authorized period of admission has expired.

Employment authorization applications where appropriate.

Fee waivers when there is an inability to pay.

Replacement of immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS that have been lost or damaged.

Reschedule biometrics appointments.

Assistance in cases where an individual was unable to appear at an interview, respond on time or submit evidence.

Individuals who had previously been granted parole by USCIS.

These requests must be accompanied by an explanation of the disaster that created the need for relief. More information can be obtained by visiting the USCIS website or through your immigration attorney.

Always consult with an experienced immigration attorney who is a law graduate and certified in the United States of America by the Board of Immigration Appeals Federal Department of Justice.

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