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Family Reunification Parole Processes

The Department of Homeland Security has recently announced a new family reunification parole process for certain nationals from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and their immediate family members, who have approved family-based petitions filed on their behalf by a U.S citizen or lawful permeant resident. The expansion of existing family reunification parole processes for certain nationals of Cuba and Haiti and their immediate family members has also been announced by USCIS. When these processes become official, the individuals chosen with already approved family-based Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, petitions will have the opportunity to be considered, upon invitation, for parole into the United States, while they wait for their immigrant visa. Consideration for this invitation will be on a case-by-case basis. The U.S government will provide advance travel authorization for those who are approved and have been successfully assessed to travel. The individuals paroled into the United States under these processes will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

Once certain eligible U.S citizens and lawful permanent resident petitioners, with an approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, obtain an invitation from the Department of State's National Visa Center, they can apply for parole consideration under this process on behalf of their beneficiary family members from Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, or Honduras. Petitioners have to receive an invitation for these processes, and invitations have not started to be issued yet.

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