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New Reunification Program / Ecuador

A new family reunification parole process has been launched, this time for qualifying nationals of Ecuador.

Who is eligible?

Nationals of Ecuador with family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and who have received approval on Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, may apply to join their family in the U.S. with a new parole process.

Parole will allow such nationals and their immediate family members to be admitted to the United States lawfully for a period of up to three years, while waiting to apply to become lawful permanent residents.

How does the family reunification process work?

The Family Reunification Parole process is initiated when the Department of State sends an invitation by mail or e-mail to the petitioning U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family member whose family petition is already approved.

The invited petitioner is then allowed to initiate the parole process by filing a request (Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support) on behalf of the beneficiary and eligible family members to be considered for advance travel authorization and parole to the United States. A separate Form I-134A is required for each beneficiary.

Thereafter, if USCIS confirms that a petitioner’s Form I-134A is sufficient, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will complete security vetting of each beneficiary and will consider each beneficiary for advance travel authorization on a case-by-case basis.

What happens after the parole is approved?

If advance travel authorization is issued to the beneficiary, they will be able to travel on a commercial airline to seek a discretionary grant of parole at a port of entry inside a U.S. airport.

Individuals paroled into the United States under this process will generally be considered for parole for up to three years and will be eligible to request employment authorization while they wait for their immigrant visa to become available.

Once their immigrant visa becomes available, they may apply to become a lawful permanent resident.

Additional information about this process can also be found on the Frequently Asked Questions about Family Reunification Parole Processes USCIS webpage.

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