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Friday, October 2, 2015

Special Program For Families of Filipino WWII Veterans – Immigration Executive Actions

USCIS announced the creation of a new program today that will assist the families of Filipino-American WWII veterans to enter the United States.  First proposed in July, 2015, the program will allow U.S. entry of some family members so they may and support the U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident WW2-veteran relative.

There are an estimated 6,000 U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Filipino American World War II veterans in the United States.

Details of the program have yet to be formally announced, but it is very likely to closely resemble the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP).

Under the Haitian program, overseas relatives who are the beneficiaries of approved relative petitions will be “paroled” into the United States, allowing them to wait in the United States until it is time for them to apply for permanent residence.  The “paroled” relative will be eligible to request employment authorization.

Under the HFRP model, immediate relatives (spouse, parents or children) of U.S. Citizens are not eligible for this parole program since they already have immigrant visas immediately available.  The program only covers relatives with approved petitions in the following categories, and will allow in some relatives as much as two years prior to when it is believed their priority dates become current.

            FB-1:         Unmarried sons and daughters (over 20 years-old)
                                    of U.S. Citizens
            FB-2A:      Spoused and children of Permanent Residents
            FB-2B:      Unmarried sons and daughters of Permanent
            FB-3          Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens
            FB-4:        Brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens

More information will be posted once the program details are announced.

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