If you are a non-citizen living in New Jersey, you should know about the information released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) following Hurricane Sandy. Since it may be harder for you to meet filing deadlines or other requirements of maintaining lawful immigration, they are offering the following temporary relief measures:
A change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
Extension or re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
Expedited decisions about off-campus employment authorization applications for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
Expedited decisions about employment authorization applications; and
Assistance to Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when LPRs are stranded in places that do not have a local USCIS office.
Other deadlines may also be extended at the discretion of USCIS. If you are unable to get forms in on time or get to an interview, contact them to explain the situation and they may grant you relief.
For more information, visit the USCIS website, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).