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Around mid-August 2023, the DHS published an announcement modernizing the processes for Cuban and Haitian family reunification parole.

With this change to the Family Reunification Parole (FRP), it is expected that petitioners will be able to complete the majority of the FRP process on a secure online platform. Thanks to this, it is expected to eliminate the burden of travel, time and paperwork. 

It should be noted that each step of the process is updated online, except for the requirement for a medical examination. Additionally, parole determination is made upon arrival at a port of entry into the United States. Whichever method is chosen, our New Jersey immigration lawyers will be able to help you. 

How And When Does This Process Begin?

The process begins when the National Visa Center (NVC) issues an invitation to a petitioner who has submitted Form I-130 , Petition for Alien Relative to USCIS and is:

  1. American citizen, or 
  2. Permanent resident. That is, he has obtained the Green Card .

The petitioner must have submitted the relative petition to the United States on behalf of a Cuban or Haitian beneficiary. Subsequently, the petition will have to be approved.

Once this is done, the petitioner can begin the FRP process by submitting Form I-134A, online application to become a supporter and declaration of financial support.

This form must be in the name of the primary beneficiary and any spouse and children of the beneficiary. 

Travel Document Application

USCIS will send a letter to FRP applicants who have a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. This form will be for the main beneficiaries who are waiting for an interview in Havana.

For Haitians, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making the parole process more accessible. This will be regardless of when USCIS has approved the Form I-130.

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In conclusion, this notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security has allowed certain updates to modernize this family reunification parole. For this reason, it will now provide a safer and more orderly legal path.

Taking this into account, beneficiaries will be able to reunite with their family while they wait for some type of American visa to become available. Additionally, they may request adjustment of status in the United States as a legal permanent resident.

Regarding dates, DHS began using the I-134A form for this process from August 11, 2023.

We emphasize that the Federal Register notices provide extensive information about these processes. However, we advise that before navigating any immigration matter, you should first contact our attorney Carolina T. Curbelo .

Curbelo Law Helping Immigrants In Their Family Reunification Processes

Family reunification, like any other US immigration process, is not an easy task to navigate. Therefore, it is essential to have the expert help of an immigration lawyer to follow all the necessary steps for these procedures.

Our firm has helped hundreds of immigrants travel to the US and even become legal in the country. So if you are looking to successfully complete any immigration process, we recommend contacting us beforehand.

You can call us, send us an E-mail or schedule an appointment with the office located in Ridgewood, New Jersey.