USCIS Introduces Family Reunification Parole Program for Ecuadorian Immigrants

he U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a new Family Reunification Parole (FRP) process for Ecuador, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s approach to create legal migration pathways and reduce irregular migration. This invitation-only process allows eligible Ecuadorian nationals, who are beneficiaries of an approved Form I-130, to be considered for parole in the U.S. while awaiting their family-based immigrant visa. The process aims to reunite families more rapidly and safely, countering dangerous irregular migration.

Eligible beneficiaries must meet specific requirements, including screenings and medical checks. The process starts with an invitation from the Department of State to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have filed an approved Form I-130 for an Ecuadorian relative. Upon invitation, these petitioners can request to support their Ecuadorian family members, who may then be considered for parole and employment authorization in the U.S. for up to three years.

This new FRP process, beginning on November 17, 2023, with the use of Form I-134A, aligns with the objectives of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection. It follows the discretionary authority granted under Section 212(d)(5)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, previously used in establishing similar programs for other countries.

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