Family Reunification

Invitations to be Issued for Family Reunification Parole Process

Invitations to be Issued for Family Reunification Parole Process

Beginning July 31, 2023, the National Visa Center (NVC) of the Department of State will initiate the issuance of invitations for the family reunification parole (FRP) processes for Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

On July 7, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the implementation of new FRP processes specifically designed for nationals of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

These processes are by invitation only and apply to petitioners whose Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed on behalf of a principal beneficiary from one of the mentioned countries, has been approved.

The FRP processes offer a secure and organized way for beneficiaries and their immediate family members to be considered for parole into the United States on an individual basis.

This provides a legal pathway for families to be reunited with qualified family members, avoiding the need for hazardous journeys or enduring prolonged waiting periods.

On the other hand, non-citizens who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully without using these lawful pathways or other authorized methods will face stricter consequences, such as removal and future entry restrictions.

Invitations will be sent to eligible petitioners either by mail or email and will outline the eligible family members for consideration.

To proceed with the FRP processes, a petitioner must receive an invitation before submitting Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support.

USCIS is also developing an online tool on the FRP Processes webpage to allow petitioners to check if they have been issued an invitation.

To ensure effective communication, petitioners are advised to make sure that the NVC has their current contact information and mailing address.

Any updates or changes to contact information can be submitted through the NVC’s Public Inquiry Form. The NVC will utilize the provided email address to send invitations if available, otherwise, the invitation will be mailed to the petitioner’s registered mailing address.

Invitations will be sent out in a gradual manner based on operational capacity and the estimated timeframe until the principal beneficiary’s immigrant visa becomes available. This process will be carried out consistently to maintain process integrity.

More details regarding streamlined FRP processes and invitations for Cuba and Haiti will be announced soon.

 


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