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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.

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Department of Homeland Security to implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

Haitian Family Reunification Program begins in 2015. At the beginning of 2015 the Department of Homeland Security (DOHS) will begin the long-awaited Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program. It has been designed for designated, qualified Haitian relatives of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents living in the U.S. as well.

The HFRP Program is an expedited process that will permit those who have petitioned for a family-based visa and been approved to come to the U.S. But a caveat applies: their priority dates must not exceed two years to receive the visas. As of now, under immigration rules an annual cap of 100,000 Haitians admitted to the U.S. is applied, so there are still many with approved petitions that are languishing on waiting lists that extend to over 12 years.

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