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Haitian Family Reunification renewal among recent immigration policy changes made

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Valerie Rodriguez, left, from Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition, explains the challenges on Sept. 21 to the asylum seekers: No hotel rooms available in the area and no more buses for the day she said. File photo by Leonardo March

The Haitian Times 
By Jo Haselhoef

As early as this fall, some Haitian families may have a chance to bring over relatives to the United States after the Department of Homeland Security announced it will resume and increase participation in the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP). 

After being discontinued in 2019, HFRP will allow eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents to apply for family members in Haiti to join them in America. Such “parole” is a temporary designation that allows the relative to be in the United States lawfully. It is not an immigrant visa nor is it the same as having lawful permanent resident status, also referred to as a Green Card.

“Participation in the HFRP program is by invitation only, and we are currently assessing when new invitations might be issued,” the DHS announcement read. “[We] will update this webpage when the next round of HFRP invitation notices is issued.”

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