USCIS Announces Relief for Victims of Earthquake and Tsunami

On March 11, 2011, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an advisory for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami devastation in the Pacific.  If you have exceeded or are about to exceed your authorized stay in the U.S., you may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart.

For visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office if you are at an airport.   If you are not at an airport, visit the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office.   You can find a list of local offices at the USCIS website.

For visitors traveling under a nonimmigrant visa, visit the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office.    A list of local offices is available at the USCIS website.  When visiting the office, bring your passport, evidence that you are stranded (such as an itinerary for the cancelled flight), and your I-94 departure record.  For additional immigration relief options, please visit the Special Situation page.

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