DSH Updates: DSH Modernizes Caban & Haitian Family | US Immigration August 2023
DHS updates the family reunification parole procedures for Haitians and Cubans. DHS published Federal Register notices that will modernize and enhance the procedures for Haitian and Cuban family reunification parole, taking into account detailed input from stakeholders on these crucial programs.
As a result of the modernization of these procedures, petitioners will be able to complete the majority of the FRP procedure online, reducing the need for travel time and paperwork and enhancing participation. Family harmony is promoted via the family reunification parole programs in Haiti and Cuba. The first glimpse of the updates was included in the comprehensive steps that DHS unveiled in April.
The Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection included the Department of State in our pledge. Legal routes and stern enforcement work well to cut down on unauthorized immigration to the US and keep people from putting their lives in the hands of smugglers.
This modernization of the family reunification parole procedures enhances our capacity to uphold the integrity of our screening and vetting procedures in response to significant input from stakeholders in the Cuban and Haitian communities, and it guarantees potential beneficiaries meaningful access that is consistent with our values.
Except for passing a panel physician exam, most of the new processes’ steps will be conducted online as of August 11, 2023. As a result, the parole decision is made both abroad and when the person arrives by flight at a US Port of Entry inside the country.
The physical presence of eligible beneficiaries in Cuba or Haiti is no longer essential; they must be abroad. DHS will continue to carry out thorough and multi-layered security vetting as well as case-by-case verification of an individual’s identification and eligibility.
The national visa center of the Department of State sends an invitation to the petitioning US citizen or lawful permanent resident family member whose form I-130 submitted on behalf of a beneficiary from Cuba or Haiti has been approved. The petitioner can then start the FRP process by submitting form I-134a online, which requests to be a supporter and declares financial support on behalf of the principal beneficiary and any derivative beneficiaries’ spouses and children to be considered for the FRP.
USCIS will write CFRP a letter. DHS is making the HFRP procedure more available by opening it to all Haitian-approved principal beneficiaries, regardless of when USCIS-approved petitioners filed their Form i-131 application for travel documents for a principal beneficiary who is awaiting an interview in Havana.
The DHS is committed to making sure that the CFRP and HFRP processes reunite families and provide a safe and orderly process that allows some Cuban and Haitian nationals, as well as their derivative spouses and children, to enter the United States without having to take the risky journey to the Southwest border or via maritime routes.
These initiatives, which aim to increase access to and streamline legal procedures, are in keeping with the US national interest and its foreign policy aims. The Federal Register notifications for Cuba and Haiti provide comprehensive information on the application procedure and eligibility requirements to deter irregular migration.
DHS Extends Designation for TPS to 18 Months
El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Nepal’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designations extended for 18 months by the DHS administration. The events of today are pertinent to the legal dispute over the subsequently revoked terminations.
DHS closely monitors global conditions to determine if additional TPS designations are necessary. Current beneficiaries from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua who are already in the country but cannot leave due to the effects of environmental disasters can continue receiving safety and security from DHS. According to Alejandro Marquez, Secretary of Homeland Security, DHS will continue to support them through this temporary type of humanitarian relief.
Federal Register announcements will outline the eligibility requirements, deadlines, and steps required for current beneficiaries to reapply for TPS and renew their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Existing TPS recipients who fall under one of the four designations may re-register to keep their TPS for the full 18-month renewal. TPS is not available to those who entered the country after the continuous residency dates for these categories. They are liable for removal if they enter the country unlawfully thus, without a legitimate reason to stay.
Details of the Re-registration Period
For current beneficiaries who are citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua, DHS previously extended the validity of TPS-related documentation beyond June 30, 2024. This was done to assure continuous adherence with court orders in the litigation contesting the now-rescinded termination judgments. The re-registration time for Federal Register Notices is described below;
El Salvador’s TPS designation now extended by DHS for an additional 18 months. Thus, from September 10, 2023, to March 9, 2025. The latest extension allows around 239,000 current TPS claimants to re-register for continued receiving benefits through March 9, 2025. Existing TPS recipients must re-register within the 60-day re-registration time frame spanning July 12, 2023, to September 10, 2023. That is, if they want to extend their eligibility through March 9, 2025.
DHS extends Honduras’ TPS status for an additional 18 months, from January 6, 2024, until July 5, 2025. Through the latest extension, about 76,000 current TPS claimants may reapply to keep their status through July 5, 2025. They must renew their registration amid the 60-day re-registration period. Thus, spanning November 6, 2023, to January 5, 2024. For individuals who want to continue their current TPS status through July 5, 2025.
DHS prolongs Nepal’s TPS designation for an additional 18 months, from December 2023 to June 2025. Through June 24, 2025, the new extension enables about 14,500 current TPS beneficiaries to reapply to keep their status. Existing TPS recipients who want to prolong their status through June 2025, must re-register. They can do so during this 60-day re-registration period. Thus, from October 2023 to December 2023, if they otherwise continue to meet the requirements for TPS.
Nicaragua’s TPS designation will now be in effect for an additional 18 months, from January 2024 to July 2025. Through the latest extension, about 4,000 current TPS beneficiaries can reapply to keep their status through July 5, 2025. Existing TPS beneficiaries who want to extend their eligibility through July 5, 2025, need to re-register. Thus, via a 60-day re-registration period from November 6, 2023, until January 5, 2024. Candidates, however, must otherwise continue to meet the requirements for TPS.
The decision to reinstate the revocation of these four nations’ designations as TPS will take effect in June 2023.
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