The path to family reunification has always been complex and emotionally charged. The Department of Homeland Security introduced a new family reunification parole process that aims to make this process more humane and efficient for certain nationals of Ecuador.
This new policy benefits Ecuadorian nationals whose family members are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. It provides a lawful pathway for these individuals, which reduces the need to undertake dangerous journeys and deal with smugglers.
What the new process entails for Ecuadorian nationals
The new policy allows eligible Ecuadorian nationals and their immediate family to be considered for parole. The parole is issued on a case-by-case basis and can last up to three years. This gives them time to wait in the U.S. for their application to become a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. to be processed.
To qualify, the individual must be a beneficiary of an approved Petition for Alien Relative, sometimes called a form I-130. They must also meet all other requirements, including passing screening procedures and medical tests. To participate in this program, the individual petitioning for their Ecuadorian family member must receive an invitation from the Department of State before they can initiate the process to seek approval for advanced travel and parole for their loved one.
Criteria for granting parole and its benefits
Once paroled into the United States, individuals can apply for employment authorization while they await their immigrant visa. After this, they can petition to become a lawful permanent resident.
This policy is significant because it is part of a broader strategy by the Biden-Harris administration to provide more lawful pathways for immigration while strengthening enforcement against irregular migration. Working with someone familiar with similar policies is beneficial for those hoping to utilize this process.