DHS Updates Family Reunification Parole Processes for Cuba and Haiti

Thursday, August 10, 2023, DHS announced updates to modernize the family reunification parole (FRP) processes for Cuba and Haiti.

  • Technological advancements allow most process steps to be completed online except for the medical exam by the panel physician and the final in-person parole determination at a U.S. port of entry.
  • Identity verifications and eligibility determinations will continue on an individual, case-by-case basis and security vetting will continue to be conducted.
  • The processes begin with the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) issuing an invitation to the petitioning U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family member whose Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on behalf of a Cuban or Haitian beneficiary has been approved.
  • The petitioner can then initiate the FRP process by filing Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, on behalf of the principal beneficiary and any derivative beneficiary spouse and children to be considered for advance travel authorization and parole.
  • The NVC will soon begin issuing invitations to eligible petitioners under the updated FRP processes for Cuba and Haiti either by email, if an email address is on file, or to the petitioner’s mailing address of record.
  • USCIS will send a letter to petitioners who have a pending Cuban Family Reunification Parole case under a previously submitted Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, for a principal beneficiary who is waiting for an interview in Havana to explain how their cases will proceed.
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