The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week a new family reunification permit process for certain Ecuadorian nationals.
“The humanitarian family reunification permit processes promote family reunification and are part of comprehensive measures (…) to create the conditions for safe, orderly, humane and regular migration,” the DHS said in a statement.
DHS announced a new family reunification parole process for certain nationals of Ecuador, advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s effective strategy to combine expanded lawful pathways & strengthened enforcement to reduce irregular migration⬇️https://t.co/BmkSXL5zAp pic.twitter.com/NiHduAEio8
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) October 18, 2023
All the details of the new entry program to the United States for Ecuadorian immigrants
This new process is intended for certain Ecuadorians whose family members are US citizens or legal permanent residents who have permission to join their family members in the United States.
These are the requirements for the program
Ecuadorians who are beneficiaries of an approved Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) may be eligible to be considered for humanitarian parole under a new process announced by DHS.
Eligible beneficiaries must be outside the United States, meet all requirements, including background and medical checks and investigations, and not have received an immigrant visa.
In addition, urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit must be demonstrated to obtain approval.
Here’s everything you need to know about Form I-130, Petition for Foreign Relative.
This is how the family reunification process begins
To obtain Humanitarian Family Reunification Permits, the petitioning US citizen or legal permanent resident family member, whose Form I-130 for an Ecuadorian beneficiary has been approved, must receive an invitation from the Department of State.
Beneficiaries may include certain children and siblings of US citizens and certain spouses and children of legal permanent residents.
Once the invitation is issued, the petitioning family member can begin the process by submitting an application for the beneficiary and the family members who are eligible to be considered for the granting of the humanitarian permit.
Individuals can obtain a temporary residence permit for up to three years and be eligible to apply for employment authorization while they wait for their immigrant visa to apply. If their immigraapplying ton apply for legal permanent residence or a green card.
According to DHS, the notice in the Federal Register for this process will be published soon, as well as detailed information about the application process and eligibility criteria.