Monday, October 27, 2014
Immigration Impact reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have been approved for visas to join family members but, most are still in Haiti waiting up to a dozen years, because of numerical quotas for visa issuances. The U.S. only issued about 10,000 visas, or similar adjustments of status, to Haitians in fiscal year 2013. The Haitian Family Reunification Parole program will allow some of these Haitians to come to the United States up to two years before their “visa priority dates” come up.