In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Central American Minors

In November of 2014, the State Department's Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (RRM) announced a new in-country refugee/parole program for Central American children who are El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras nationals, currently reside in these countries, and have one or both parents lawfully present in the United States. To be eligible, the child must under 21 and unmarried. Under certain circumstances, if the second parent resides with the child in the home country and is currently married to the lawfully present parent in the U.S., the second parent may be added to the child's petition.

To apply, an Affidavit of Relationship (AOR), will be completed by the parent in the United States at a local resettlement affiliate and then vetted and submitted to the Refugee Processing Center (RPC) by the national  resettlement agency (RA). Once the biological relationship is confirmed by DNA testing and the parent's lawful is verified, the child will be scheduled for a USCIS Interview. Children who are found ineligible for refugee admission but still at risk of harm may be considered for parole on a case-by-case basis. The program is expected to launch in December.

Please see the State Department's website for detailed information: http://www.state.gov/j/prm/releases/factsheets/2014/234067.htm

Additionally, more information about this program is available on the United States Committee for Refugees and Migrants web-site here: http://www.refugees.org/our-work/refugee-resettlement/central-american-minors-program.html 

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