On July 7, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced implementation of new family reunification parole (FRP) processes for Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The FRP processes are available by invitation only to certain petitioners whose Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed on behalf of a principal beneficiary who is a national of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, has been approved. 

Now, the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS’s) National Visa Center (NVC) has announced that it will begin issuing invitations to qualified individuals. The NVC will email the invitation to petitioners if there is an email address of record associated with the approved Form I-130. If there is no associated email address, the NVC will mail the invitation to the petitioner’s mailing address of record. The invitation will identify the family members who are eligible for consideration.

 A petitioner must receive an invitation before submitting Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, under the family reunification processes. 

USCIS will soon launch an online tool on the FRP processes Website that petitioners may use to confirm if they have been issued an invitation. Petitioners who believe that they may be eligible should make sure that the NVC has their current contact information and mailing address. Those seeking to update their contact information or address can contact the NVC through their Public Inquiry Form.

Invitations will be sent on a rolling basis based on operational capacity and the expected period of time until the principal beneficiary’s immigrant visa becomes available, and in a consistent manner to ensure process integrity.

If you are a citizen of Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, and have questions about your eligibility for parole under the new processes, please feel free to contact Stephen Antwine, Esq. of Green & Spiegel at (215) 395-8959 or at santwine@gands-us.com.

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