US to Open Regional Processing Centers in Central America

Senior Biden administration officials announced that the United States would open regional processing centers to prescreen refugees for admission in Colombia and Guatemala. Canada and Spain have agreed to accept referrals from the centers, also.

What to Expect

Media reports from senior Biden administration officials note that:

  • Migrants must schedule appointments for the regional processing centers online.
  • Immigration officials will assess migrants for their requested refugee admission and their eligibility for a two-year parole program with work authorization.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration introduced a parole program for nationals from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua to stem irregular migration at the US Southern Border. Migrants from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua who attempt entry into the United States by sea will be ineligible for the parole program.

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