Inilawan ng mga kulay ng Philippine flag ang iconic Empire State Building, sa New York City, noong Biyernes ng gabi, November 15 (Sabado ng umaga sa Pilipinas).
Ito ay bilang pakikisimpatiya ng U.S.A. sa mga Pilipinong naging biktima ng super typhoon Yolanda, na may international name na Haiyan.
Naka-post sa official Twitter account ng @EmpireStateBldg ang red, white, blue, and yellow picture ng isa sa pinakamataas at prominenteng gusali sa New York.
May caption ito na: "Empire State Building lights up in Philippines colors to raise awareness & support for typhoon victims."
Bahagi ng American movie history ang Empire State Building, dahil dito kinunan ang mga eksena ng ilan sa mga kilalang pelikula—tulad ng 1957 romantic movie na An Affair to Remember at ang 1993 romance-comedy na Sleepless in Seattle.
RELIEF MEASURES. Samantala, naglabas ang U.S. Citizenship Immigration and Services (USCIS) ng immigration relief measures para sa mga Pilipinong biktima ng bagyong Yolanda.
Ang Filipino U.S. Immigration lawyer na si Atty. Jemela Nettles ang nagbigay sa PEP ng advisory ng USCIS:
"In light of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (named “Yolanda” by Philippine authorities), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to remind Filipino nationals that they may be eligible for certain immigration relief measures if requested.
"USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status in the United States.
"Therefore, Filipino nationals impacted by Typhoon Haiyan may be eligible to benefit from the following immigration relief measures:
"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 of certain grants of parole made by USCIS; Extension of certain grants of advance parole, and expedited processing of advance parole requests;
"Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
"Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs);
"Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications, where appropriate; and
"Assistance to LPRs stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when the LPR is stranded in a place that has no local USCIS office. For more information on USCIS humanitarian programs, visit www.uscis.gov or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.”
Si Atty. Jemela Nettles ang US Immigration lawyer na tumutulong sa Filipino performers para magkaroon ng O-1 Visa—na mas kilala bilang "extraordinary ability visa."
Sina Jolina Magdangal, April Boy Regino, Miguel Vera, Marco Sison, at Ai-Ai delas Alas ang ilan sa mga nabigyan ng O-1 Visa dahil sa tulong ni Atty. Nettles.
Siya rin ang tumutulong para mabigyan ng working permit ang mga Filipino artists na may concert sa Amerika.