New program for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

The United States is establishing a refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a legal alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. Under the program, certain parents who are lawfully present in the United States may request access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for their children in one of these three countries. 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 refugee/parole program will provide certain vulnerable, at-risk children an opportunity to be reunited with parents lawfully residing in the United States. 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 United States, the second parent may be added to the child’s petition. To apply for the program, the parent lawfully present in the U.S. must contact a designated resettlement agency that works with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to help resettle refugees in the United States. The form will not be available on the Department of State website to the general public and cannot be completed without the assistance of a Department of State-funded resettlement agency. The following are designated resettlement agencies in the Triangle:

Church World Service: http://cwsrdu.org/

Lutheran Family Services in Carolina: http://www.lscarolinas.net/

North Carolina U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: http://www.refugees.org/about-us/where-we-work/north-carolina/

World Relief Durham: http://worldreliefdurham.org/

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