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The Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program

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ALERT: In keeping with our August 2019 announcement, on Dec. 23, 2020, we published a Federal Register notice publishing on Dec. 28 requesting public comments on revisions to Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, which will terminate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program for all new applications postmarked on or after the effective date of the new form instructions. We will update this alert with the effective date when known, which could be as early as February 2021.   

Current parolees will maintain their current period of parole until it expires, unless it is otherwise terminated, and may apply for re-parole under the terms of the former program. Re-parole allows a parolee to remain in the United States for an additional period of authorized parole. We will continue processing all pending parole cases.  

Eligible parolees may apply to adjust status by filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, along with all required forms and initial evidence, including Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA. Current parolees who have not adjusted status or been admitted in an immigration status may request re-parole by filing Form I-131 and Form I-134, Affidavit of Support. For more information, read our news release

The Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program was established in 2014 to allow certain eligible U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply for parole for their family members in Haiti. If granted parole, these family members could come to the United States before their immigrant visa priority dates became current. Once in the United States, these noncitizens can apply for discretionary work authorization while they wait to apply for lawful permanent resident status.

Ending the HFRP Program

In August 2019, we announced our intention to end the HFRP Program. On Dec. 23, 2020, we announced a Federal Register notice publishing Dec. 28 requesting public comments on the proposed changes to the instructions for Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, which will end the HFRP Program if those form instruction changes are finalized. According to the notice, as part of the HFRP program ending:

  • Current parolees will maintain their current period of parole until it expires (unless it is otherwise terminated) and may apply for a new period of parole (“re-parole”) under the original terms of the program. If you are a current parolee, please read the Current Parolees in the United States section below for important information;
     
  • We will process to completion requests for HFRP that are submitted before the effective date of the new Form I-131 using the original terms of the program. We will update this page with the effective date if the form instruction changes are finalized; and
     
  • We will reject new applications for the HFRP Program postmarked on or after the effective date of the new form instructions. We will update this page when the effective date is known.
Current Parolees in the United States

Parole is not an immigrant visa and it is not the same as having lawful permanent resident (LPR) status (having a Green Card). Parole is temporary and allows you to be lawfully present in the United States during your parole period and to apply for discretionary work authorization.

You can see when your parole period expires on your electronic Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.

Applying for Lawful Permanent Resident Status/Green Card

As a noncitizen paroled under the HFRP Program, we expect you to apply for LPR status (a Green Card) as soon as your immigrant visa is available—generally within two years of being paroled into the United States. It is your responsibility to keep track of when your immigrant visa becomes available. We do not send you a notice to alert you when your immigrant visa is available, nor do we track if any derivative beneficiaries have “aged out” of their eligibility for a Green Card and may need to file a new petition or application. (See our Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) page for more information.)

Please see the information (PDF, 186.71 KB) on how to check if your immigrant visa is available in English or Haitian Creole (PDF, 189.21 KB).

If your immigrant visa is available, your parole period has not expired, and you wish to remain in the United States permanently, you should apply for LPR status by filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, along with any required forms and initial evidence, including Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. You may also wish to consider requesting “re-parole” if immigrant visa processing may not be complete by the time your parole period expires.

Even if your immigrant visa is available, you are not eligible to adjust your status if your parole period has already expired and you have not been approved for a new parole period (re-parole) or obtained an immigration status. If that is your situation, you might be accruing unlawful presence (see the Unlawful Presence section below for more details).

If you filed Form I-485 and it is pending, you may wish to consider requesting re-parole before your current parole period expires. If we reject or deny your Form I-485, you might accrue unlawful presence if your parole period has expired and you have not requested and been approved for re-parole or obtained an immigration status. Unlawful presence means we consider you to be in the United States without authorization and you may be subject to removal proceedings. See the unlawful presence section below for more details.

If you filed Form I-485 and we rejected or denied it, you might be in the United States unlawfully and accruing unlawful presence if your parole period has expired and you have not obtained an immigration status or been approved for re-parole. You may still wish to consider requesting a new parole period.

Requesting Re-Parole
To request a new parole period (re-parole), you must:

  • File a new Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, and pay the required fee (or request a fee waiver);
  • Check Box 1.f. in Part 2 of the form;
  • Write “HFRP re-parole” across the top of the application; and
  • Include a new Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, and any evidence to support re-parole, including an explanation and supporting documents demonstrating the need for an additional authorized parole period.

If your parole period is about to expire and you have neither requested nor obtained re-parole or an immigration status, you must request re-parole to remain lawfully in the United States. We will consider re-parole requests on a case-by-case basis under the same terms of the former HFRP Program. You should submit your request at least 90 days before your parole expiration date to allow time for processing.

If your parole period has already expired, but you have neither requested re-parole or LPR status, nor obtained an immigration status, then you might be in the United States unlawfully; however, you may still request re-parole. You should submit a complete request for re-parole as soon as possible. If we approve your request, you may be eligible to apply for LPR status when your immigrant visa is available. However, if we deny your request, you might be in the United States unlawfully until you leave the country.

Unlawful Presence
Unlawful presence in the United States can have serious immigration consequences:

  • You may not be able to adjust your status if you have been in the United States unlawfully at any time since you arrived as a parolee. This means you would have to leave the United States to apply for an immigrant visa to return to the United States as a lawful permanent resident; and
  • If you have been in the United States unlawfully for more than 180 days, you may be subject to an unlawful presence bar, depending on your age. This means you may not be allowed to return to the United States for either three or 10 years, depending on the length of your unlawful presence, unless you receive a waiver. For more information, visit our Unlawful Presence and Bars to Admissibility page.

If you are subject to an unlawful presence bar, you may apply for a waiver by filing Form I-601A, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, before you leave the United States to appear at a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate for an immigrant visa interview. For more information about applying for a waiver after departing the United States, go to our Form I-601,  Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, page.

You may also seek legal counsel or consult with an authorized immigration service provider regarding your situation.

Applying for Work Authorization

Once you are paroled into the United States under the HFRP Program, you are eligible to apply for discretionary work authorization from USCIS.

To apply for discretionary work authorization, you must submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with the required fee.

If you ever worked without authorization in the United States, you may need to apply and be processed overseas for an immigrant visa instead of applying for LPR status in the United States.

Eligibility for Certain Benefits

Once you are paroled into the United States under the HFRP Program, you meet the definition of a Cuban/Haitian entrant and may be eligible to receive public benefits. For more information, see section 501(e)(1) of the Refugee Education and Assistance Act (REAA) of 1980.

You will be eligible to apply for benefits and services from the date you first enter into Cuban/Haitian status. This is the date you enter the United States with parole status.

Terminating Your Parole

If you have already been paroled into the United States, your parole may be automatically terminated if: 

  • You depart the United States; or
  • Your parole period expires.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may also decide to terminate your parole for other grounds, such as violating any laws of the United States.

At this time, if you have been paroled into the United States under the HFRP Program, you will maintain parole until it expires and you can apply for re-parole unless you are subject to grounds for termination under DHS regulations at 8 CFR section 212.5(e).

Why We are Ending the HFRP Program

On Jan. 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements that called for DHS to take action to ensure that parole authority under section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. section 1182(d)(5)) is exercised only on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the plain language of the statute, and only when an individual demonstrates urgent humanitarian reasons or a significant public benefit. After reviewing the executive order and the HFRP Program, we decided to end the program.

This change does not affect current HFRP parolees, who will maintain their current period of parole until it expires and may request re-parole under the original terms of the HFRP Program. HFRP parolees may also still apply to adjust status when they become eligible to do so. See the Current Parolees in the United States section for more information.

Applying for the HFRP

This section includes information on-the following topics:

  • Eligibility for HFRP
  • Invitation Process
  • How to Apply
  • Processing your Application
  • Interview
  • Post-Interview Process

Eligibility for HFRP

We use the following terms in the HFRP Program:

Term

Definition

Petitioner

The U.S. citizen or LPR in the United States who filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on behalf of a relative living in Haiti, which we approved.

Only qualified petitioners can file applications for benefits under the HFRP Program.

Beneficiaries

Family members in Haiti who may benefit from the relative petitions (Forms I-130) filed and approved on their behalf, and who may be paroled into the United States if approved under the HFRP Program.

Beneficiaries include the principal beneficiary, derivative beneficiaries and add-on derivative beneficiaries.

Principal beneficiary

The Haitian family member for whom the petitioner filed the Form I-130.

For example, the principal beneficiary could be an LPR’s spouse or child, or the adult son, daughter or sibling of a U.S. citizen.

Derivative beneficiaries

The principal beneficiary’s spouse and unmarried children under age 21. They may also be listed on the approved Form I-130.

These beneficiaries may be eligible for parole based on their relationship to the principal beneficiary. If we do not approve the principal beneficiary for parole, we will not approve the derivative beneficiaries.

Add-on derivative beneficiary

If a principal beneficiary has married or has had a child since we approved the underlying Form I-130,  that spouse or unmarried child under 21 may become an add-on derivative beneficiary and may be eligible for parole based on their relationship to the principle beneficiary.

Who Is Eligible to Apply

You may request parole for your qualifying relatives in Haiti if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are either a U.S. citizen or LPR;
  • You filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for a Haitian family member and we approved it on or before Dec. 18, 2014;
  • An immigrant visa is not yet available for your relative; and
  • You received an invitation from the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) to participate in the HFRP Program. Please see the Invitation Process section on this page for more information.

If you do not meet all of the above requirements when we adjudicate your application for HFRP benefits, we will deny your application and will not refund your fees.

A qualified petitioner will only be able to apply on behalf of a family member (beneficiary) who is:

  • A Haitian national, if the principal beneficiary; and
  • The beneficiary of a Form I-130 that we approved on or before Dec. 18, 2014 (including any accompanying or “following to join” spouse or child). For more information, see section 203(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1153(d).

Who is Not Eligible

The following people are not eligible to participate in the HFRP Program:

  • Noncitizens who qualify as immediate relatives. (See INA section 201(b)(2)(A)(i), 8 U.S.C. section 1151(b)(2)(A)(i).) Parole will not be available to these noncitizens because they may immediately seek immigrant visas for travel to the United States once we approve their Form I-130. Immediate relatives are:
    • Spouses of U.S. citizens;
    • Unmarried children under 21 years of age of U.S. citizens; and
    • Parents of U.S. citizens over 21 years of age.
  • Noncitizens who are not able to attend an in-person interview in Haiti;
  • Beneficiaries of Forms I-130 that we approved after Dec. 18, 2014;
  • Beneficiaries of approved Forms I-130 whose petitioning relatives in the United States have not received an invitation from the NVC indicating that they are eligible to apply for the HFRP Program.

If you are the beneficiary of an approved Form I-130 living in Haiti, you cannot apply to the HFRP Program for yourself or your family members. Your U.S. petitioner must file on your behalf.

Spouses and Children of the Principal Beneficiary (Derivative Beneficiaries)
If the principal beneficiary’s spouse and unmarried children under age 21 (known as derivative beneficiaries) are named on the approved Form I-130, they may be eligible for benefits under the HFRP Program. Any parole request you file on their behalf must be filed at the same time you file a parole request for the principal beneficiary. They will only be eligible for parole if we approve the principal beneficiary for parole, and they will also independently need to establish that they are admissible to the United States.

If you do not file an HFRP Program application for the principal beneficiary, or if we determine that the principal beneficiary is not eligible for the HFRP Program, their spouse and children will not be eligible for parole under the HFRP Program.

Requesting to Add a Spouse or Child to an Approved Form I-130 (Add-on Derivative Beneficiaries)
If a principal beneficiary has married or has had a child after we approved the underlying Form I-130, you may file an HFRP Program application on behalf of that principal beneficiary’s spouse and/or child under 21 (often referred to as “add-on” derivatives).

Add-on derivatives will not be listed on the NVC’s invitation letter. As a qualified petitioner, you may still file an HFRP Program application on their behalf if:

  • We receive the add-on applications with the application packet filed for the principal beneficiary; and
  • You , the petitioner, provide the necessary evidence to establish the qualifying relationship of the add-on derivative relative.

Age Limit for Beneficiaries
There is no age limit for principal beneficiaries of Forms I-130. However, any derivative children must be under the age of 21 on the date that we receive your properly filed application. The invitation letter will advise you not to file HFRP Program applications for derivative children who will be 21 years of age or older when you file your application.

We will deny any Form I-131 submitted for derivative children who are 21 years of age or older on the date we receive the properly filed application. We will not return the associated filing fees.

We will continue to process the applications for any other beneficiaries, including the principal beneficiary and their spouse and unmarried children under 21.

Circumstances That Could Affect Eligibility

The table below lists circumstances that could affect eligibility for the HFRP Program.

 

Haitians living outside Haiti

While the HFRP Program is intended for Haitians in Haiti, Haitians who are living outside of Haiti are not precluded from accessing the program and may still be eligible for the program. If the beneficiary is in the United States or another country, the beneficiary must travel to Haiti for an HFRP Program interview to be considered for parole.

Beneficiaries in the United States, including those with TPS, who decide to travel to Haiti for their interview, should first obtain advance parole from USCIS. Without advance parole, they may not be able to return to the United States if we deny their HFRP Program application.

If the principal beneficiary is in the United States or another country and will not return to Haiti for interview under the HFRP Program, you should not file for the principal beneficiary’s derivative relatives in Haiti because we will deny these applications. We can only approve derivative family members for parole if we approve the principal beneficiary.

Becoming a U.S. citizen

 

If you are an LPR and become a U.S. citizen after you have properly filed your HFRP Program application with us, you may choose to have your immediate relatives continue to be processed for parole. Alternatively, you may choose to have them processed for immigrant visas after payment of all applicable immigrant visa fees.

If you become a U.S. citizen before you apply for the HFRP Program, we will deny any applications filed on behalf of your immediate relatives.

Marriage

 

A change in the marital status of a Form I-130 beneficiary relative could affect their eligibility for the HFRP Program.

Married relatives who are not eligible for the HFRP Program include:

  • A child for whom you filed a Form I-130 under the second family-based preference. If your child has married since we approved the Form I-130, they are no longer a child under the INA and are not eligible to benefit from the visa petition. (Section 101(b)(1) of the INA defines a child as “an unmarried person under 21 years of age.”) The second preference is available to LPRs who wish to bring spouses and unmarried children to the United States, regardless of the age of the children; and
  • A child of the principal beneficiary you filed Form I-130 for, otherwise known as a derivative child. If the child has married since we approved the Form I-130, they are no longer a child under the INA, even if they are under 21 years of age, and may not derive status from the principal beneficiary.

Invitation Process

If you are eligible to apply for the program on behalf of your relatives in Haiti, you will receive an invitation letter from the NVC, which includes a deadline for applying. The invitation will be mailed to the last address that the NVC has for you. You must receive notification from the NVC of your eligibility to apply for the HFRP Program before submitting your application.

The number of invitations sent each year depends on the number of beneficiaries whose visas are expected to be available within approximately 18 – 42 months from the date the invitations are sent. The number of invitations sent each year may be limited based on U.S. government operational capacity in Haiti and the availability of U.S. government resources to aid program beneficiaries.

If you are a petitioner who believes you may be eligible for the HFRP Program, please make sure that the NVC has your current mailing address. You can contact the NVC through their Public Inquiry Form. If your attorney of record is no longer representing you, please inform the NVC.

How the NVC Issues Invitations

Under the HFRP Program, the NVC will issue written invitations to petitioners of approved Forms I-130 based on the date when the immigrant visas for their family members are expected to become current. The NVC will identify approved Forms I-130 with filing dates (priority dates) that are expected to become current in approximately 18 – 42 months and will issue invitations to U.S. petitioners.

You will not be invited to apply for the HFRP Program if:

  • You have less than 18 months to wait from the time invitations are issued before your family members are expected to receive their immigrant visas, because it is likely that they will be able to immigrate to the United States almost as quickly through traditional immigrant visa processing. For example, your spouse in Haiti would not be eligible for an invitation now if:
    • They are the beneficiary of a Form I-130 that we approved before the HFRP Program’s announcement; and
    • Their visa is expected to become available within seven months.
  • Your family members’ immigrant visas will not become available for more than 42 months from the time invitations are issued. For example, your sister in Haiti would not be eligible for an invitation now if:
    • She is the beneficiary of a Form I-130 that we approved before the HFRP Program’s announcement; and
    • Her visa will not become available for four years.

However, she may be eligible for an invitation once her visa priority date is within approximately 18 – 42 months.

How to Apply

Do NOT apply for the HFRP Program until the NVC invites you to do so. Potential beneficiaries in Haiti cannot apply for themselves.

While the HFRP Program offers the potential for your family members to join you in the United States while waiting for their immigrant visas to become available, the program is not right for everyone.

Before applying on behalf of your relatives, please consider the following information:

  • We cannot predict how much faster you may be joined by your family under the HFRP Program versus under the immigrant visa process. How quickly your relative joins you in the United States will depend on such factors as how soon their visa will be available, how quickly you apply for the HFRP Program on their behalf, whether we require additional information from you to establish their eligibility for the program, and how soon your relative travels to the United States after approval.
  • A noncitizen paroled into the United States under the HFRP Program will be expected to apply for LPR status (a Green Card) once their visa becomes available. We anticipate that visas for HFRP Program beneficiaries will become available within about two years after they are paroled into the United States. To apply for a Green Card, each beneficiary (whether a principal beneficiary or a derivative beneficiary) must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status, and pay the filing fee.
  • Petitioners will be required to file HFRP Program applications for all family members associated with the same underlying approved Form I-130 at the same time. We will only consider derivative beneficiaries on the Form I-130 for parole if the principal beneficiary on the Form I-130 is approved for parole. Derivative beneficiaries are not eligible for the HFRP Program on their own, and we will deny any Form I-131 applications you file on their behalf if we do not approve the principal beneficiary for parole.
  • Derivative children listed on the approved Form I-130 who are already or who will be 21 years of age or older before you properly file an HFRP Program application with us will not be eligible for the HFRP Program. We consider the date an application is filed as the date it is received by the USCIS office listed on the NVC invitation letter. If you file an application on behalf of a derivate child and we receive it after the child has turned 21 years of age, we will deny your application.
  • Applying for the HFRP Program may not provide faster family reunification for LPR petitioners who expect to naturalize within a year. Once LPRs become U.S. citizens, immigrant visas for their spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age will be immediately available. Therefore, even if they have been invited to apply to the HFRP Program, LPRs who are close to becoming U.S. citizens should not submit their Form I-131 without first carefully weighing the costs and benefits of the HFRP Program versus immigrant visa processing.

Preparing Your Application Packet

If you lose the written invitation the NVC sent you, we may still accept your application packet. However, you must submit all other required documentation when you file your application packet with the USCIS lockbox.

You cannot apply to the HFRP Program until you receive an invitation from the NVC. If you apply for the program and are not eligible, we will deny your application and will not refund your filing fees.

If you wish to have your relatives considered for the HFRP Program, you must follow the HFRP Program-specific application instructions in the NVC letter (also listed below) and submit the following required documentation to the lockbox by the filing deadline indicated in the letter:

  • Complete a separate Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, for each family member eligible to participate in the HFRP Program;
    • Complete parts 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 of Form I-131;
    • Part 1 requests information about you, the petitioner;
    • Under Part 2, Application Type, check box 1.F, I am applying for an Advance Parole Document for a person who is outside the United States;
    • Items 2.A-2.P request information about your family member, the beneficiary;
    • Under Part 8, sign it yourself, as the petitioner;
  • Write “HFRP” in capital letters at the top of the Form I-131;
  • Include two passport-style photos of the family member;
  • Include a photocopy of your Form I-797, Notice of Action, your Form I-130 approval notice, or a printout from Case Status Online, which shows the approval;
  • Include the applicable fee or a fee waiver request. (You may request a fee waiver by submitting Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. For more information, see our Fee Waiver Guidance page.);
  • Complete a separate Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, with supporting documents for each family member. You may submit Form I-134 affidavits from multiple sponsors to show there is sufficient income or financial resources to support each family member; and
  • A copy of the NVC invitation letter.

Submitting Your Application Packet

You must file for all eligible relatives associated with the same underlying approved Form I-130 at the same time so we can process them together. Mail everything in one package to: 

USCIS
P.O. Box 8500
Chicago, IL 60680-4120

Failure to submit applications together affect our ability to determine eligibility, and we may deny of all or some of the related applications.

You cannot file your application electronically through our online filing system at this time.

Deadline for Applying

The HRFP Program has a deadline because the benefits are time-sensitive. The application deadline will be included in your invitation from the NVC, but generally, you will have six months from the date of the NVC invitation letter to file.

Processing Your Application

After you mail your package to the USCIS lockbox, we will forward it to a USCIS service center for adjudication. The service center will verify that the package was filed by a qualified petitioner, meaning you received an invitation to apply to the program. In addition, the service center will review the documentation and determine whether the beneficiary may be qualified for parole. The service center may request additional evidence, deny, or conditionally approve your application.

If the service center conditionally approves your application, they will forward it to the NVC. They will notify you within 60 days that they have received your case.

If we deny the Form I-131 you filed under the HFRP Program, the decision is final. However, the beneficiary may still be eligible for immigrant visa processing based on the approved Form I-130 filed on their behalf. When the noncitizen’s immigrant visa becomes available, they can contact the NVC to begin the process of applying for an immigrant visa.

It may take approximately six months to process an HFRP application from the time we receive your application to receiving a travel document. The time required to reach a decision on a case will vary depending on the issues raised and whether we require additional evidence. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our normal operations, including that of our overseas partners who assist with case processing. This means case processing may take longer than usual.

Request for Evidence

If the service center finds that your application lacks required evidence or that additional evidence or information is required, the service center will send you a Request for Evidence (RFE). You must provide the evidence, or establish that the evidence is not available and submit secondary evidence in its place. We may deny your application if you do not respond to the RFE within the required time frame.

Interview

Please do not try to schedule an appointment directly with the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.

The NVC will contact you and the principal beneficiary regarding any additional requirements and will schedule an interview for the beneficiary. On the date of interview, the principal beneficiary and derivative beneficiaries will be interviewed to verify their identities and confirm their eligibility for parole under the HFRP Program.

If you forget the date of your family member’s interview, you may contact the NVC through their Public Inquiry Form.

Preparing for the Interview

On the date of their interview, beneficiaries should bring:

  • A government-issued form of identification;
  • Their passport;
  • Original civil documents supporting their eligibility for the program, in addition to certified English translations of these documents;
  • Medical examination results; and
  • A copy of their interview schedule appointment notice.

These documents must be presented to the officer for review on the date of interview. The interview appointment notice you received from the NVC will contain additional information on the documentation beneficiaries need and instructions on obtaining the medical exam.

The Immigration and Nationality Act gives us the authority to use our discretion to authorize parole for urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons. Haitians who have committed serious crimes or who fail to pass background checks will not be authorized parole.

After the Interview

Beneficiaries should not take any permanent actions - such as selling or buying property, terminating employment, or withdrawing from school - until they have their HFRP parole travel document in their hands.

If travel is approved:

  • U.S. Embassy staff will issue the necessary travel documents to the beneficiary in Haiti. These travel documents will enable the beneficiary to travel to the United States and request parole from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at a port of entry;
  • Beneficiaries traveling to the United States under the HFRP Program must arrange and pay for their own travel; and
  • Once in the U.S., beneficiaries are expected to apply for LPR status (a Green Card) as soon as their immigrant visa becomes available. See the Current Parolees in the U.S. section for more information.

If travel is not approved:

We will send the petitioner a written notification listing the beneficiaries who have not been approved for travel to the United States.

If we deny parole:

  • Our decision to deny parole is final, and there is no right of appeal;
  • If we have denied parole for beneficiary, they may still be eligible for immigrant visa processing based on the approved Form I-130 filed on their behalf. If the beneficiary is still eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, may do so when their immigrant visa becomes available; and
  • In certain circumstances, the reason we denied parole may also cause us to revoke the approval of the beneficiary’s underlying Form I-130.  If the Form I-130’s approval is revoked, the beneficiary will no longer be eligible for an immigrant visa. We will make these determinations on a case-by-case basis.

Humanitarian or Significant Public Benefit Parole

Individuals in Haiti who are not eligible for the HFRP Program and who have urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons to come to the United States may be eligible to apply for parole under the standard parole process.

For more information on how to apply for parole through the standard parole process, see our Humanitarian or Significant Public Benefit Parole page.

Application Fees and Estimated Costs Associated with Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident(LPR)

You must file a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document and pay the filing fee for each HFRP Program application you submit for a family member, or apply for a fee waiver. As fees are subject to change, you should check the USCIS fee schedule before filing any petition or application. You must also cover all costs associated with attending an interview in Port-au-Prince, including completion of a medical examination and travel to the United States.

To work in the United States, HFRP Program beneficiaries will have to file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, (and pay the filing fee) after arriving in the United States. Applicants may be eligible to request a fee waiver by submitting Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. For instructions, please see our Fee Waiver Guidance.

As beneficiaries of this program, your relatives will be expected to apply for lawful permanent resident status once their visas become available. We anticipate that visas for HFRP Program beneficiaries will become available within approximately two years after they are paroled into the United States.

Your relatives must pay a fee to apply for lawful permanent resident status (Green Card). To apply for a Green Card, they must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, (and pay the filing fee) once their visa is available. No fee waiver is available.

The total cost to obtain work authorization and become a lawful permanent resident if first paroled into the United States under the HFRP Program (including the cost of the HFRP Program application) is around $2,210. In comparison, the cost for a noncitizen to enter the United States with an immigrant visa is approximately $665. A noncitizen entering as an immigrant has lawful permanent resident status and is authorized to work upon admission, so no additional costs are required to apply for work authorization.

In rare cases, a noncitizen’s immigrant visa may become available while their case is being processed under the HFRP Program. In those cases, they may continue to be processed for parole, or may choose to be processed by DOS for an immigrant visa. The noncitizen will be required to pay any fees associated with that process, and we will not refund the HFRP Program application fee.

The table below explains the total fees you will pay depending on how you come to the United States and obtain lawful permanent residence (Green Card).

If you come to the United States:

Then file:

And pay:

Total cost

per person*

Through the HFRP Program, then file to adjust your status

  • Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization **
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status + biometrics ($1,140 + $85)

$575

$410

$1,225

$2,210

Through an Immigrant Visa

  • Immigrant visa application processing fee (for approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative)
  • Department of State Affidavit of Support Review fee
  • USCIS Immigrant Fee

$325

$120

$220

$665

*Fees valid as of Dec. 23, 2016, and are subject to change.

** Not required to adjust to lawful permanent resident status. However, if an HFRP beneficiary wishes to work in the United States before obtaining their Green Card, they must apply for discretionary work authorization.

The costs are associated with the immigration paths outlined in the table to become a lawful permanent resident and are not meant to represent any other costs or benefits which may be associated with parole or lawful permanent resident status in the United States.

Program Background

The HFRP Program was created on Dec. 18, 2014, to expedite family reunification through safe, legal, and orderly channels of migration to the United States, increase existing avenues for legal migration from Haiti, and help Haiti continue to recover from the devastation and damage suffered in the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.

Protecting Yourself from Fraud

It is helpful to remember:

  • The NVC will only contact you in writing and will only send correspondence to an address in the United States. The NVC began contacting eligible petitioners in the United States beginning in March 2015. Any contacts or requests made before this date were not authorized by us and are not valid. Please visit our Report Immigration Scams page to learn more about reporting suspicious correspondence.
  • USCIS and the Department of State strongly urge you and your family members to remain vigilant about the possibility of individuals who claim to be U.S. government representatives asking for money. These individuals, often called “scammers,” may attempt to trick you into paying them by offering to help file applications for the HFRP Program. To learn more about common immigration scams and how to report scammers, please visit our Avoid Scams page.
  • Websites ending in “.gov” are official government websites. Information on official U.S. government websites ending in “.gov” is official and correct. Official U.S. government email addresses also end in “.gov,” and any correspondence coming from an address that does not end with “.gov” should be considered suspect.
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