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Special Immigration Benefits May Be Available to Chilean Nationals

As a result of the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is providing certain benefits to eligible Chilean nationals. Examples of these temporary relief measures include:

The grant of an application for change or extension of nonimmigrant status on behalf of a Chilean national who is currently in the United States, even in cases where the request is submitted after the individual’s authorized period of admission has expired;

Re-parole of individuals granted parole by USCIS; Extension of certain grants of advance parole, expedited processing of advance parole requests;

Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization due to severe economic hardship for F-1 students;

Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relative(s) of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs);

Expedited issuance of employment authorization where appropriate; and

Assistance to LPRs stranded overseas without documents in coordination with the Department of State.

If you think you qualify for one of these benefits, or would like help with determining whether you qualify, please contact our office at 313-963-2505 .