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DHS Developed Policies to Help Victims of Tsunami Disaster

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) developed temporary measures to benefit individuals who are retarded to return their home country or who are traveling in the United States due to the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.

 

USCIS will readily process certain immigrant application including advance parole and relative petitions for minor children from the affected areas. Meanwhile the period of parole may be extended for the person who has already been paroled into the U.S. The visitors from the tsunami-effected countries may be granted a quick approval for their applications for change or extension of nonimmigrant status. But security checks requirements should be satisfied under these expedite procedures.

 

Meanwhile the individuals from either Sri Lanka or Maldives who are under a final order of removal will be automatically granted 90 days stay in the U.S. The temporary suspension began from January 07, 2005. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will also consider applying this policy to the non-criminal aliens from countries other than Sri Lanka and Maldives that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and based on specific circumstances.

 

All nonimmigrant visitors and aliens stayed in the U.S. under such temporary policies may legally apply for employment authorization so that support themselves in the United States.

 

We will update further relevant information on our website.


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