August 7, 2015
USCIS Saipan office to reopen Monday with limited services
SAIPAN, CNMI — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency’s Application Support Center (ASC), located in the TSL Plaza Building, Beach South Road, Garapan, Saipan, will reopen on Monday, August 10, 2015.
ASC staffing will be reduced and services will be limited to scheduled biometric (fingerprint) appointments, scheduled InfoPass appointments, and emergency travel requests only. For all other purposes, appointments must be scheduled online via InfoPass by visiting www.USCIS.gov.
Those who had scheduled biometrics appointments during the week of August 3 through August 7, 2015, may come to the office on or after Monday, August 10, 2015, without an appointment.
Applicants who had been scheduled for interviews during the dates of August 3 through August 31, 2015, will receive a mailed cancelation notice and a rescheduled interview notice when normal operations resume.
Temporary Immigration Relief Measures Available for Individuals Affected by Typhoon Soudelor
On August 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor caused extensive damage in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). USCIS reminds customers affected by Typhoon Soudelor that certain U.S. immigration benefits or relief may be available to them.
USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to maintain lawful immigration status or obtain certain other immigration benefits.
Eligible individuals may request or apply for temporary relief measures, including:
- 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 adjudication of employment authorization applications;
- and Assistance to Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when LPRs are stranded in a place that does not have a local USCIS office.
USCIS may also exercise its discretion to allow for filing delays resulting from the typhoon.
This may include, for example:
- Assistance to those who have not appeared for an interview or submitted required forms of evidence. You may show how the typhoon prevented you from appearing or submitting documents as required; or
- Assistance to those who have not been able to respond to a request for evidence (RFE) or notice of intent to deny (NOID). USCIS will extend the deadline for individuals to respond to RFEs or NOIDs by 30 days. This will apply to all RFEs and NOIDs with a deadline of August 2 through September 2, 2015. During this time, USCIS will not issue denials based on abandonment of an application or petition in the CNMI.
USCIS will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updated guidance as needed.
To learn how to request relief or more about how USCIS assists customers affected by unforeseen circumstances in their home country, visit uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-767-1833).
Please check back at uscis.gov for any additional information that may come later and follow us on Facebook ( /uscis ), Twitter ( @uscis ), YouTube ( /uscis ), and the USCIS blog The Beacon.
Please donate to the Red Cross and earmark your donation for Typhoon Soudelor victims.