United States Citizenship and Immigration services has offered extension of non-immigrant status of Nepalis nationals who are affected by massive earthquake in Nepal. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake caused wide spread destruction in Nepal on April 25, 2015. The immigration relief measures were put in place on May 5, 2015 to help the Nepalis citizens who may have been adversely affected by the natural disaster in their homeland.
According to USCIS website, the special measures that may be available to eligible Nepali nationals upon request include:
- 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;
- A grant of re-parole;
- 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 adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate;
- Consideration for waivers of fees associated with USCIS benefit applications, based on an inability to pay; and
- Assistance replacing lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as Permanent Resident Cards (green cards).
Extensions & Changes of Status
USCIS recognize that when affected by a disaster you may, through no fault of your own, fall out of status. When applying for an extension or change in status due to a disaster, USCIS may consider your request if you show how it is directly connected to the disaster.
If you are unable to pay the fee for a USCIS service or benefit, you may request that your fee be waived for certain forms by filing a Request for Fee Waiver, Form I-912 (or a written request).
As an academic student, you may need to work off-campus if a disaster has affected your ability to support yourself. The disaster may occur in the United States and prevent you from working on-campus or the disaster may occur overseas and affect your economic support. If you can demonstrate that you are from an affected country or region and you have been recommended for such employment by the Designated School Official (DSO), you may be eligible to receive employment authorization when filing the I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
If you have lost your USCIS-issued documents through no fault of your own, you may show your need for replacing the documents.
Abandonment or Failure to Respond to a Request for Evidence
If you have not appeared for an interview or submitted evidence, you may show how the disrupting event affected your connection to USCIS and your ability to appear or submit documents as required.
If you need USCIS to consider your request for a service or benefit more quickly, you may make that request when filing or after you file.