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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

The Department of State (DOS) released a fact sheet on August 7, 2023, on new family reunification parole processes for individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia, and updated processes for individuals from Cuba and Haiti. Nationals of these countries may be considered for parole on a case-by-case basis for a period of up to three years while they apply to become lawful permanent residents pursuant to their approved I-130 petition.

DOS said these processes "will allow vetted individuals with approved family-based petitions to be paroled into the United States, on a case-by-case basis." Eligible individuals paroled into the United States under these processes can apply for work authorization.

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