USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Immigration Benefits Available
In light of the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds Chileans of U.S. immigration benefits available to eligible Chilean nationals upon request.
USCIS understands that a natural catastrophe can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status. In addition to the March 10 Update, the following Questions and Answers address temporary relief measures available to nationals of Chile.
Questions and Answer
Q1. I am a Chilean national and cannot return to Chile at this time due to the earthquake. My allowed time to stay in the United States is expiring or about to expire. What are my options? Can I work during my stay in the US?
If you are a Chilean national and wish to receive special consideration for a late filed extension or change of status application, you must include evidence with Form I-539 that you were unable to return to Chile before the February 27 earthquake. If you were in lawful, nonimmigrant status on March 27, you will be excused for filing late up to May 27, 2010. After May 27, 2010, eligibility for delayed filing will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Q2. I am a Chilean national granted parole to enter the United States temporarily, but I am unable to return to Chile due to the earthquake and my parole has expired or is about to expire. What are my options? Can I work during my stay in the US?
Once your parole has been extended, you may apply for employment authorization by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. For instructions on how to apply, please refer to the filing instructions on the Form I-765.
Q3. I am a Chilean national granted advance parole to travel outside of the United States and cannot return to the United States from Chile due to the recent natural disasters, and my allowed time is expiring or about to expire. What are my options?
Q4. I am a Chilean national F-1 student currently enrolled in school in the United States. Due to the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, I can no longer cover the cost of my education. What are my options? Can I work during my stay in the United States?
You will need to obtain a recommendation from your Designated School Official (DSO). That recommendation must be placed on your Form I-20. Once you obtain this recommendation, you must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with your properly endorsed Form I-20, according to the filing instructions on the form. The filing fee for Form I-765 is $340 and you may apply to have that fee waived due to your inability to pay. For guidance on fee waivers, please visit www.uscis.gov/feewaiver.
Q5. I am a Chilean national whose case is pending with USCIS. I need my case expedited due to the earthquake in Chile. What are my options?
If a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident requests expedited processing of a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, the case will be expedited where a visa number is readily available.
Chilean nationals with benefit applications pending in the United States may need to travel quickly for emergent reasons and will need to apply for advance authorization for parole to return to the United States. USCIS will expedite the Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, in such cases and where we have been advised of the emergent need to travel.
Q6. Where can I find more information about immigration relief benefits?