USCIS Introduces New Family Reunification Parole Process for Ecuadorians
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new family reunification parole process for Ecuadorians. This initiative is a part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s strategy to create legal migration routes and strengthen enforcement, aiming to reduce irregular migration.
Eligible for this parole are certain Ecuadorian nationals with an approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. They must meet various requirements, including passing screening and medical checks, and they should not have an immigrant visa already. The process begins when the Department of State invites U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have filed an approved I-130 for an Ecuadorian relative. These petitioners can then request to support their Ecuadorian family members, who may receive advance travel authorization and parole in response.
Starting November 17, 2023, USCIS will use Form I-134A for this process. Officials will grant parole on a case-by-case basis, usually for up to three years. During this time, beneficiaries can apply for employment authorization while they wait for their immigrant visa. Once their immigrant visa becomes available, they can apply for lawful permanent residency.
This process is under the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary authority for humanitarian or public benefit reasons. This authority has previously facilitated similar programs for other nationalities. The Federal Register notice provides detailed information about the application process and eligibility criteria.Source: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/news-releases/uscis-establishes-family-reunification-parole-process-for-ecuador