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|Filipino World War II
Beginning June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II
veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity
to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States as
they wait for their immigrant visa to become available.
An estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American World War II veterans are living in the United States today. Among
other things, this policy will enable many eligible individuals to provide support and care to their aging veteran
family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
“The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to
fight for the United States during World War II,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said. “This policy will allow certain
Filipino-American family members awaiting immigrant-visa issuance to come to the United States and be with their
loved ones. For many, it will also allow them to provide support and care for elderly veterans or their surviving
With the exception of immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, the number of family-sponsored immigrant visas
available by country of origin in any given year is limited by statute. These limits result in long waiting periods
before family members may join petitioning U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States and become
permanent residents themselves. For some Filipino-American families, this wait can exceed 20 years.
Under the policy, certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans may be eligible to receive a
discretionary grant of parole to come to the United States before their visa becomes available. In limited cases,
certain eligible relatives will be able to seek parole on their own behalf when their Filipino World War II veteran
and his or her spouse are both deceased.
Under the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, USCIS will review each case individually to determine
whether authorizing parole is appropriate. When each individual arrives at a U.S. port of entry, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection will also review each case to determine whether to parole the individual.
Legal authority for this parole policy comes from 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.
USCIS will not accept applications under this policy until June 8, 2016. Azucena Valencia Law strongly
encourages eligible individuals interested in requesting parole under the FWVP Program do so within 5 years
from June 8, 2016.
Original Article May be found on USCIS website