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Haitian Family Reunification Fact Sheet

This fact sheet about the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP) was published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. It contains information from eligibility to apply, to application fees, to work authorization once in the US. If you or someone you know is involved in HFRP, please keep this handy! Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services March 2015 The HFRP Program offers certain beneficiaries of approved family-based immigration petitions (Forms I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, the opportunity to be reunited with family in the United States up to approximately two years before their immigrant visas are expected to become available. Approved beneficiaries will enter the United States as parolees, but will apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status once their immigrant visas become available. Eligibility to Apply The Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) will issue […]

Time for Action on Humanitarian Parole (Boston Haitian Reporter)

Manolia Charlotin, Boston Haitian Reporter Oct 7, 2011 Immediately after the earthquake the White House granted eligible Haitians already living in the United States the chance to remain and work here legally for 18 months through Temporary Protected Status (TPS). On May 17, 2011, more than 16 months after the first designation, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the extension of TPS for roughly 48,000 Haitian nationals who currently had the designation. The extension was made effective July 23, and allowed Haitian beneficiaries to remain in the United States an additional 18 months—through January 22, 2013. On September 22, Governor Deval Patrick submitted a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, urging DHS to promptly parole Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based visa petitions into the United States. He joins a chorus of political leaders across the nation in this […]

Steve Forester, Pressure Needed to Get Equal Treatment for Haitians (Boston Haitian Reporter)

By Steve Forester with James Dessin, Boston Haitian Reporter Jan 14, 2011 Haitian Americans and their supporters can play a vital role in helping perhaps 600,000 Haitians and Haitian Americans in Haiti and the United States by urging Massachusetts’ U.S. Senators Brown and Kerry to get the White House to instruct Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to end a glaring double standard which dishonors our community. Let us explain. Before Haiti’s earthquake, DHS had approved the immigrant visa petitions of 55,000 Haitian beneficiaries who nevertheless today still languish in Haiti on a wait list, in danger from cholera, tent city conditions, hurricanes, and turmoil. They’re slated to stay there another four to eleven years, waiting for visa priority dates to become current, before eventually joining their families here – assuming that they survive the debilitating environment. That […]

Letter to President Obama From Influential U.S. Senate Members Urging Prompt Parole of Haitian Beneficiaries

Letter to President Obama from Senators Gillibrand, Kerry, Lautenberg, Leahy, Bill Nelson, and Menendez, joined by Rep. Yvette Clark, urges prompt parole of Haitian beneficiaries DHS had approved even prior to the earthquake, as urged in a March 8 letter from Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairpersons Berman, Conyers, and Lofgren and four other representatives; and as urged by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in their June 14 resolution, 75 organizations in their March 12 letter, and the editorial boards of the the Miami Herald, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Antonio Express News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, and Palm Beach Post. [gview file=””]

Open the door, Mr. President: Our Opinion: There are 55,000 reasons to be fair to Haitians

The Miami Herald, Editorial As the first painful anniversary of Haiti’s earthquake approaches, recovery efforts are mired in a dysfunctional government, a cholera outbreak not of that nation’s making and a flawed election that has left Haitians understandably angry and frustrated. The international community — from the United Nations to the Organization of American States, and, of course, the United States — is attempting to resolve the political impasse in the recent elections. Health officials from around the world are helping Haitians fight the cholera killer likely brought from abroad. But only the Obama administration can help Haitians help themselves by allowing the 55,000 Haitians who have approved U.S. visas from before the quake to join their families here. Incredibly, the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t bothered to do right by those 55,000 Haitians. Instead, Homeland Security is poised to […]

President Obama could rapidly aid Haitian immigration seekers

Washington Post Editorial THE U.S. CONFERENCE of Mayors, meeting at its annual convention this month in Oklahoma City, did something extraordinary. With no dissent, the mayors called on President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to “promptly” grant entry to 55,000 Haitian visa candidates with relatives in the United States, a measure that would result in tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in annual cash transfers flowing into Haiti’s gasping economy. And what was the response from the administration, which has pledged to do all it can to alleviate the humanitarian suffering that befell Haiti in January’s earthquake? Silence. The issue here is a cohort of Haitians whose relatives live in the United States as citizens or permanent residents, and whose immigration petitions have already been approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In other words, they are on their […]

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