The US Citizenship and Immigration Services aims to help the nonimmigrants who remain in the US for unexpected reasons beyond their authorizes period of stay because of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) through new options published on the USCIS official website.

According to the USCIS press release, a large number of nonimmigrants can mitigate the immigration consequences of COVID-19  by filing an application for extension of stay (EOS) or change in status (COS), VisaGuide.World reports.

Under the coronavirus crisis, USCIS will also accept applications of nonimmigrants who failed to timely file an extension/change of status request if they faced with any extraordinary circumstances.

“Most nonimmigrants can mitigate the immigration consequences of COVID-19 by timely filing an application for extension of stay (EOS) or change in status (COS). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services continues to accept and process applications and petitions, and many of our forms are available for online filing”.

The Department of Homeland Security said that they are seeking to take action and protect the American people as well as communities, by considering several policies to improve the employment opportunities of US workers amid Coronavirus crisis.

USCIS also provided information for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) entrants who if are ineligible to depart the United States, will be allowed to request a 30-day period of satisfactory departure from USCIS.

“Under current regulations, if an emergency (such as coronavirus COVID-19) prevents the departure of a VWP entrant, USCIS in its discretion may grant a period of satisfactory departure for up to 30 days. Please see 8 CFR 217.3 (a). For those VWP entrants already granted satisfactory departure and unable to depart within this 30-day period because of COVID-19 related issues, USCIS has the authority to temporarily provide an additional 30-day period of satisfactory departure,” The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services statement reads.

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