CNMI Nonresidents May Seek Status Change Due to Typhoon Soudelor

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

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 or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-767-1833).

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Please donate to the Red Cross and earmark your donation for Typhoon Soudelor victims.


Anonymous said...

No disrespect intended, and this disaster is not the time for disparaging remarks, however, it with some bewilderment to see all the negative comments sections on the two newspapers in Saipan in regards to the relief efforts. It befuddles my mind how anyone could ignore a tropical storm warning and not do some preparation knowing damn well what any storm could potentially bring to the island (regardless of weather reports). Having said that, I hope that the population gets relief and that the suffering is minor. Hopefully FEMA, Homeland Security, the CNMI Government, et al., learns a valuable lesson from this disaster. What is that lesson? Have a game plan written out that covers things like typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc., and a cooperation plan. For example, if certain hotels are self sufficient with diesel generator plants, and water treatment plants, and food storage (refrigerated), what plans are in effect to utilize these resources in the event of a calamity? What assets are being kept in reserve on island or even on Guam to be deployed in these events? Living on an island? I would suggest (like I did when I lived in Guam) to ALWAYS keep a small reserve of drinking water, canned goods, toliet paper, and whatever else (like candles, flashlights, batteries, etc.) in a closet just in case (divert spending some of that money in poker parlors). And above and beyond all else, never depend on the government to save you. I read that some hotels on Saipan are upset that locals are renting rooms and bringing in entire families. Just goes to show you that the whole "local culture of helping out" is just a slogan that is exercised as needed (a few press releases of good will donations here and there) by the big business entities. Hafa? No man is island unto prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Noni above, what could anyone do to prepare for a 3 mile wide tornado ripping through north Saipan leveling everything in its path? Preparation is prudent but the Indonesian storm in 2004 or Katrina couldn't be prepared for.

The new hours of the Salvation Army lunch kitchen are 11 am until 1 pm daily across from Hopwood on Beach Rd and from 12 to 3 in Kagman just before the hairpin turn going to Lau Lau to all who need. They typically feed hot free lunches to 1400 to 2200 hundred people daily at HJHS and opened with 500 more in Kagman

Anonymous said...

Reply to 7:03am. For starters, fill your gas tank before the storm is due to arrive.

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