The USCIS has sent an email discussing how they will react to requests from those affected by Hurricane IRMA (and presumably other similar hardship events.
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GUINEA / LIBERIA / SIERRA LEONE: TPS Extended to Nov 21, 2016
Nepalese nationals who are in the United States and meet certain criteria are eligible for Temporary Protected Status, permitting temporary legal status and work authorization since June 24, 2015, due to the ravages of the earthquake in Nepal. However, the application period is about to expire and will do so on December 21, 2015. USCIS recently issued a reminder to those who might be eligible to apply before the period expires.
All details are available on the USCIS website at:
Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from September 18, 2015, through March 17, 2017." - Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 104 / Monday, June 1, 2015
As of March 17, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing until further notice.
Monday, March 16, 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an unopposed motion to stay the March 4 order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Perez v. Perez until April 15. That order vacated DOL's H-2B regulations on the grounds that DOL had no authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to issue them.
On April 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2016 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.
If you are a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiary who is eligible to re-register for TPS but did not file your application before the deadline for your re-registration period, USCIS reminds you to follow the guidance on our TPS web page under “Filing Late.”
As of March 5, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending adjudication of Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers the appropriate response to the court order entered March 4, 2015, in Perez v. Perez, No. 3:14-cv-682 (N.D. Florida, Mar. 4, 2015).
DHS recently announced an extension to Employment Authorization eligibility to H-4 spouses of certain H-1B workers who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status.