It's the dream of many people who have immigrated to the United States — to be able to bring their family members here. But for so many that dream takes decades and decades to become a reality.
In May the Biden Administration announced a new initiative to reunite families from four different Latin American countries - a Family Reunification Parole Process - that would enable certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have an approved family-based petition (Form I-130) to wait for an immigrant visa in the United States with their family member on a temporary parole status.
This July the Department of Homeland Security announced that the family reunification program has now begun, meaning U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have an approved I-130 form for an immediate relative may be issued an invitation by the State Department to initiate the parole process by filing a request on behalf of the beneficiary and eligible family members to be considered for advance travel authorization and parole.
How Soon Can I Apply for My Family Member to Come Here?
- You have to receive an invitation from the State Department in order to file the request for your family member (Form I-134A), and invitations have not been sent out yet. They will be sent through the mail to eligible Form I-130 petitioners, so be on the lookout. USCIS stated that if you file an I-134A application for your relative without first receiving the State Dpt invitation, it will not be confirmed.
- If USCIS confirms the sufficiency of a petitioner's Form I-134A, the Department of Homeland Security will complete security vetting on each beneficiary and will consider each beneficiary for advance travel authorization on a case-by-case basis.
How Long Can My Family Member Stay in the United States?
- If granted, parole will be given for a three year period in the U.S., with the hope that while your family member is here an immigrant visa will become available and they can apply to adjust status to a permanent resident.
Will My Family Member be Able to Work Once They Get Here?
- Not immediately. Upon arriving in the U.S. your family member will be able to apply for a work permit (Form I-765), and only after it is approved can they begin working here. Work authorization documents are currently taking an average of 5-9 months to be approved.
If you have questions about applying for family reunification parole or another type of immigration petition please reach out to us at (757) 422-8472, or send us a message on our website. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys by clicking on this link.