January 22, 2010
USCIS Issues Memorandum
Regarding Cases Impacted by Earthquake in Haiti
In a memorandum issued on January 15, 2010, US Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined plans
by the Agency to assist nationals of Haiti in the U.S. in the aftermath
of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
The memorandum calls for expedited processing of petitions submitted to
USCIS by Haitian nationals. Applications for Change or Extension of
Status filed by nationals of Haiti will be identified for immediate
processing by USCIS Service Centers. Applications for Travel Documents
will be processed as emergency requests. Requests for expedited
processing will also be accepted from U.S. citizens and legal permanent
residents who have filed a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on
behalf of a Haitian child.
The memorandum addresses extensions of stay for Haitian nationals
currently in the United States. USCIS Service Center Directors will have
the discretion to accept Applications for Change or Extension of Status
filed by Haitian nationals after the expiration of their status. The
Agency’s District Directors will determine extensions of parole for
those whose Forms I-94 are scheduled to expire between January 12, 2010
and March 12, 2010.
Additionally, the memorandum discusses employment authorization for
Haitian students in the U.S. in F-1 status and the use of humanitarian
parole by USCIS.
To access the full memorandum, please