21 March 2011

US Visa information for Japanese nationals affected by earthquake

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service had issued a reminder to Japanese nationals who may be affected by the recent natural disaster of the US immigration benefits available upon request.


US Visa and immigration services information for Japanese nationals has been released.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status, particularly for visitors travelling under the ESTA program who are currently unable to return home.

Temporary relief measures available to eligible nationals of Japan may include the extension of an ESTA or non-immigrant US Visa for  an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired and expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Japanese nationals may visit a USCIS local office for assistance, and those who are at a US airport may contact the US Customs and Border Protection office there.

The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their  ESTA  to the US Embassy.

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