It is important to ensure you take steps regarding your immigration status in the US if you are stranded due to the volcano eruption in Europe. Failing to take steps can lead to adverse immigration consequences during your trip and in the future.
Copied from CBP website:
If you or someone you know is stranded in the United States because of the airport closures in Europe due to the Icelandic volcano eruption and is about to exceed their authorized stay as a direct result of these closures, there are two avenues for relief:
If the traveler is at the airport and traveling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and unable to depart timely, as a result of airport closures or flight delays/cancellations, travelers should:
- Contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office at the airport or;
- Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.
Both agencies have provided staff with guidance on the applicable legal authorities under the VWP in circumstances such as these.If persons are traveling under a visa, they should contact the nearest USCIS office and follow the instructions at the following link: ( USCIS – Extend My Stay )While this link recommends initiating the process 45 days in advance, USCIS is providing guidance on how to handle these cases over this weekend.Travelers should continue to contact their airline for information about flight schedules, delays and cancellations. If airlines have questions about the situation, they can contact their Regional Carrier Liaison Group (RCLG). The Miami RCLG can be reached at (305) 874-5444.