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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced a new family reunification parole program, aimed at promoting family unity and providing a lawful alternative to irregular migration. The programs will be available to Colombians, Hondurans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans, allowing eligible family members awaiting immigrant visa processing abroad to spend that time in the United States instead. This is modeled after the Cuban and Haitian Family Reunification program.
Here is an outline of the steps required to participate in the Family Reunification Parole Program.
1.A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) must have filed an approved I-130 petition for a family member residing in one of the countries listed above.
2.DHS will select and invite certain petitioners to submit a Form I-134A on behalf of the beneficiary and any derivative.
3.DHS will review the I-134A to ensure that the petitioner possesses the necessary income and resources to support the beneficiary during their stay in the United States as a parolee.
4.The beneficiary will undergo a security screening before receiving advance authorization to travel to the United States.
5.In the final stage, the beneficiary must present themselves to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at an interior Port of Entry upon receiving travel authorization.
Parole will be authorized on a discretionary, case-by-case basis. If granted parole, it will be issued for a three-year period, during which they can apply for a work permit while waiting for their immigrant visa to become available. Once their priority date becomes current, they can then apply for their green card to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR).
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