Homeland Security to implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

As of early next year, scores of Haitians, waiting to be reunited with their families who reside legally in the United States will be given the opportunity to do so through the scheduled Haitian Family Reunification program being instituted by the Department of Homeland Security. The aim of the program is to hasten the migration of qualified Haitians whose petitions have been granted, but who have been in limbo for years.


According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, those eligible will be able to enter the U.S. and reside for about two years before the priority dates for their immigrant visas become current. It was made possible under a legal authority modeled after the 2007 Cuban Family Reunification Parole program. It gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to bring these displaced individuals into the U.S., on a per-case basis, for humanitarian or socially beneficial reasons.

The program has been long anticipated, especially since the earthquake of January 10, 2010, which highlighted the need for separated families to be reunited with loved ones. The prospects of the Caribbean country have improved impressively since then, however, there are around 100,000 people waiting currently, unwilling to form greater ties in Haiti, for their visas after already being approved for family-based immigration into the United States. The announcement, made on October 17, 2014 was thankfully met by Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, who commended the U.S. President for the move. It will undoubtedly be similarly met by Haitians in Haiti and the U.S. waiting to be reunited with their loved ones.

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