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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created new family reunification parole (FRP) processes for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Colombia, and is updating family reunification parole processes for Cuba and Haiti. These processes will allow vetted individuals with approved family-based petitions to be paroled into the United States, on a case-by-case basis. These processes are included in measures announced by DHS and the Department of State (DOS) to promote family unity and facilitate orderly entry into the U.S. The processes begin with DOS issuing an invitation to the petitioning U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family member whose Form I-130 filed on behalf of a Colombian, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, or Honduran beneficiary has been approved. Please note: The new processes are for certain nationals of these countries whose family members are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, who are the beneficiaries of an approved family-based petition (Form I-130) whose visas are not yet available on the Visa Bulletin. Existing processes for Cuban and Haitian nationals will soon be appropriately updated. Only an invited petitioner can initiate the process by filing a request on behalf of the beneficiary and their eligible family members to be considered for advance travel authorization and parole. When an immigrant visa becomes available, the beneficiary may apply to become a lawful permanent resident through adjustment of status in the U.S. Certain nationals of these countries who are beneficiaries of an approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative may be eligible to be considered for parole under the new processes. Qualifying beneficiaries must be outside the United States, meet all requirements, including screening, vetting and medical requirements, and must not have already received an immigrant visa. The U.S. Government will deliver timely and efficient authorization for those approved and vetted to travel. View the fact sheet here. If you have questions about the new family reunification processes, please schedule a consultation today with one of our immigration attorneys. Source


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