From USCIS: Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States.
Under this program U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer certain eligible Haitian
beneficiaries of already approved family-based immigrant visa petitions,
who are currently in Haiti, an opportunity to come to the United States
up to approximately two years before their immigrant visa priority
dates become current.
“The rebuilding and development of a safe
and economically strong Haiti is a priority for the United States. The
Haitian Family Reunification Parole program promotes a fundamental
underlying goal of our immigration system – family reunification. It
also supports broader U.S. goals for Haiti’s reconstruction and
development by providing the opportunity for certain eligible Haitians
to safely and legally immigrate sooner to the United States,” said
Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
States strongly discourages individuals in Haiti from undertaking
life-threatening and illegal maritime journeys to the United States.
Such individuals will not qualify for the HFRP program and if located at
sea may be returned to Haiti.”
Legal authority for the HFRP
program is provided under the Immigration and Nationality Act which
authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to parole into the United
States certain individuals, on a case-by-case basis, for urgent
humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. This is the same
legal authority used to establish the Cuban Family Reunification Parole
program in 2007.
USCIS is not currently accepting HFRP program
applications, and potential beneficiaries should not take any action at
this time. USCIS will provide full program details before the end of
this calendar year and stakeholder engagements will take place shortly
In early 2015, the Department of State National Visa Center
(NVC) will begin contacting certain U.S. citizens or lawful permanent
residents with approved petitions for Haitian family members, offer them
the opportunity to apply to the program, and provide instructions on
how to apply. Only individuals who receive a written notice of program
eligibility from NVC will be eligible to apply.
Under the Haitian
Family Reunification Parole program, Haitians authorized parole will be
allowed to enter the United States and apply for work permits but will
not receive permanent resident status any earlier. Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams
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