If you’ve lost your USCIS-issued documents due to a natural disaster USCIS has a ton of special situation measures to help you.
A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes.
Other emergent circumstances include war and military conflicts, and national or international financial crises.
What USCIS can do for help you after a special situation like 2018 California Wildfire?
Extensions and Changes of Status
USCIS may take into consideration how a special situation prevented your planned and timely departure, in which case you may apply for an extension or change of status.
Also, they excuse a delay if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control.
You may request a waiver of the fee for certain forms by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver if you cannot pay the fee for a USCIS service or benefit due to circumstances directly tied to a natural catastrophe.
Employment Authorization to F-1 Students
First of all, as a student, you may request employment authorization to work off-campus if you experience severe economic hardship because of circumstances beyond your control.
To apply, you must submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, along with a copy of your Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status
Employers and employees
All requirements for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, completion, and E- Verify remain in place. E-Verify is still available to employers and employees affected by special situations.
Failure to Appear for an Interview
You may show how a disrupting event affected your ability to appear for an interview or submit documents as required.
Did you lose any important USCIS document or have not appeared for a scheduled interview or appointment? Contact us if you have any more questions!