Haitian Family Reunification

From Shelley Grant, Esq.  USCIS announced today that starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S.

This program only affects certain eligible Haitian beneficiaries of already approved family-based immigrant visa petitions, who are currently in Haiti, and gives them an opportunity to come to the United States up to approximately two years before their immigrant visa priority dates become current.  Once the family member enters the United States he/she will be able to apply for work authorization while waiting for their priority date to become current.

USCIS is NOT accepting reunification applications at this time.  They will publish full details at the end of this year.  Also, when the program starts the National Visa Center will be contacting those people who appear to be eligible to apply for the program. In light of this new program, you’ll want to be sure the National Visa Center has your current contact information.  If you have moved since filing your immigrant petition and did not update the National Visa Center, now is the time to do that.   I will update our website as details become available.  Again, you cannot apply for the program at this time.  Do not let someone unauthorized to practice law convince you that you can apply early – contact a reputable attorney.