Published:  November 18, 2013

As a result of Typhoon Haiyan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) is providing special, albeit limited, benefits for the expedited processing, or extension of status, for certain impacted Filipino nationals in the U.S. and with regard to a variety of immigration related filings.

According the USCIS website,, CIS is making available special relief measures for certain Typhoon-impacted Filipino nationals including:

  • “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 lawful permanent residents (LPRs);
  • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and
  • Assistance to Lawful Permanent Residents 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 LPR is stranded in a place that has no local USCIS office.”


PUBLISHED November 18, 2013 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2013, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois