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January 7, 2015 - DHS To Implement New Policy to Help Reunite Haitian Families

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  will implement the 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.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the program 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 priority date is the date that I-130 petition was filed and the date becomes current when a visa number becomes available for the case.  The visa number becomes current when the Department of State publishes that they working on or before your priority date in the visa bulletin.

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. It is important to note that 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.  

For more information on this new program please visit the USCIS website or call the USCIS customer service number at 1800-375-5283.


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