On June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications from certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans to enter the United States on a discretionary grant of parole, so that they may wait inside the United States for a visa to become available in their preference category. Qualifying family members must have an approved family-based immigrant visa petition and be in line for issuance of their immigrant visa.
The parole policy was announced in a White House report called “Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century.” The report was issued in July of 2015. Based on information gathered for the report, there is an estimated 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino-American World War II veterans living in the United States presently, many of whom are elderly. This policy would allow family members of our aging veterans to enter the United States and care for their loved ones while they wait for their visa to become available.
USCIS is currently accepting applications and will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis. For those who are granted parole, he or she will be permitted to enter the United States and wait for visa availability in their category inside the country. USCIS urges all applicants to apply for the program within 5 years from June 8, 2016.
For more information on the program, you may review the revised Form, I-131 instructions on www. uscis.gov or the Federal Register notice that was published on May 9, 2016 at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/09/2016-10750/filipino-world-war-ii-veterans-parole-policy.
For more information on this program and to find out whether you or someone you know qualifies, please contact one of our experienced immigration attorneys at 303-297-9171.
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