DHS Announces Family Reunification Parole Processes for Colombia, EL Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

By: Angelita Chavez


On July 7, 2023, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a family reunification parole (FRP) process for Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. This process is only available by invitation of the Department of State for petitioners whose Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, has been filed and approved. The principal beneficiary must be a national of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras.

FRP Process

Starting July 31, 2023, the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) will start sending invitations via email and mail under the new family reunification parole (FRP) process for individuals from Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Once petitioners have received invitation via mail or email, petitioners must submit Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support. USCIS will soon launch an online tool on their FRP Processes webpage where petitioners will be able to confirm if they were issued an invitation. Invitations will be sent out on a rolling basis depending on capacity and the expected period of time until the principal beneficiary’s immigrant visa becomes available.

Petitioners who believe they may be eligible to receive an invitation should maintain their contact information and mailing address up to date with the NVC. To make sure your contact details are up to date, you may contact the NVC by submitting a Public Inquiry Form.

This new process is meant to provide a safe and lawful pathway for families to be united instead of waiting years or choosing to take a dangerous journey. Beneficiaries and their immediate family will be considered for parole into the United States on a case-by-case basis. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cautions that not using this, other lawful process, process may result in consequences including removal and a bar to admission.


For any questions or assistance regarding the new family reunification parole (FRP) process, please contact your trusted Chugh, LLP immigration professionals.

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