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Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian
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. “The United 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 thereafter. 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.
Contact the immigration attorneys of Azucena Valencia Law for more information.
Original story may be found at the USCIS website
Original story from USCIS