Step-by-Step Guide on the Family Reunification Parole (FRP) Process

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the creation and implementation of a family reunification parole process (FRP) for nationals from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

There are 7 steps you need to take to complete the FRP process. Check them out below.

Step 1: Invitation Sent to Petitioner

The NVC may send an invitation to a petitioner who has filed an approved Form I–130 on behalf of the potential principal and derivative beneficiaries. Only after receiving an invitation may the petitioner file a request and initiate consideration under this FRP process.

The invitation will instruct the petitioner on next steps to initiate this process on behalf of the beneficiaries, including instructions on documentation to include in their Form I–134A.

Each invitation will include an identifying number that the petitioner must include in the Form I–134A for each beneficiary on whose behalf they wish to request to be a supporter and to initiate consideration for advance authorization to travel to the United States to seek parole at an interior POE.

Step 2: Petitioner Files Form I–134A Online

After receiving an invitation, the U.S.C. or LPR petitioner who filed the approved Form I–130 on behalf of the beneficiaries will submit a Form I–134A for each beneficiary with USCIS through the online myUSCIS web portal to initiate this process.

The petitioner must submit evidence establishing their income and assets and commit to provide financial support to the beneficiary for the duration of parole. The petitioner must also submit evidence establishing the family relationships between the principal beneficiary and all derivative beneficiaries.

USCIS will perform background checks on the petitioner and verify their financial information to ensure that the petitioner is able to financially support the beneficiary. If the petitioner's Form I–134A is confirmed, the request proceeds to the next step.

Step 3: Beneficiary Electronically Provides Information To Support the Request

If a petitioner's Form I–134A is confirmed by USCIS, the beneficiary named in the Form I–134A will receive an email from USCIS with instructions to create an online account with myUSCIS and next steps for completing the request.

The beneficiary will be required to confirm their biographic information in their online account and attest to meeting eligibility, public health, and certain vaccination requirements, including certain vaccination requirements. This includes COVID-19 vaccination.

Step 4: Beneficiary Submits Request in CBP One Mobile Application

After confirming biographic information in myUSCIS and completing required eligibility attestations, the beneficiary will receive instructions through myUSCIS for accessing the CBP One mobile application. The beneficiary must enter certain biographic and biometric information—including a “live” facial photograph—into CBP One.

Step 5: Approval To Travel to the United States

A beneficiary who establishes eligibility for this process may receive an electronic advance authorization to travel from CBP, facilitating their ability to travel to the United States to seek a discretionary grant of parole, on a case-by-case basis, at an interior POE.

The beneficiary will receive a notice in their myUSCIS account confirming whether CBP has, in CBP's discretion, provided the beneficiary with advance authorization to travel to the United States.

If approved, the beneficiary is responsible for securing their own travel via commercial air to an interior POE. Approval of advance authorization to travel does not guarantee a beneficiary will be paroled into the United States upon inspection at the POE.

Step 6: Beneficiary Seeks Parole at the POE

CBP will inspect each beneficiary arriving at an interior POE under this process and consider each individual, on a case-by-case basis, for a grant of discretionary parole for a period of up to three years.

Upon arrival at the interior POE, the beneficiary will be required to submit additional biometrics to DHS, including another photograph and fingerprints.

Note that, a beneficiary who is determined to pose a national security or public safety threat will generally be denied parole.

Step 7: Parole

If granted parole at the POE, on a case-by-case basis, parole will generally be granted for a period of up to three years, subject to satisfying applicable health and vetting requirements, and the parolee will be eligible to apply for employment authorization for the duration of the parole period.