DHS announces Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program!

On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they will be implementing a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program in 2015. The goal of the program is to expedite family reunification for Haitian family members in Haiti of certain US citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. According to DHS, this will promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States.

To qualify for the Haitian Family Reunification Program, the immigrant must already have an approved I-130, family based immigrant visa petition, and still reside in Haiti. The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer the Haitians who qualify an opportunity to come to the United States up to two years before their priority date is current. The program is a means for Haitians to migrate safely to the United States and should not be used to migrate illegally to the United States. Haitians that attempt to come to the United States illegally, will not qualify for the program and will be returned to Haiti.

USCIS is currently not accepting any applications. More information will be shared before the end of the calendar year. At the beginning of 2015, U.S citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents who have family members in Haiti that may qualify will receive a letter in mail notifying them of the opportunity to apply for the program. Haitians who are authorized to enter under the Haitian Family Reunification Program will be allowed to enter the United States legally and apply for work permits but they will not receive their green cards until their priority date is current.

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