On November 15, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Federal Register notice implementing a new family reunification parole (FRP) process for Ecuador.

According to the notice, “Under this process, certain Ecuadorian principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I–130, Petition for Alien Relative, and their immediate family members, will be issued advance authorization to travel to the United States to seek a discretionary grant of parole into the United States for a period of up to three years, rather than remain outside the United States while awaiting availability of their immigrant visas. This process will allow family members to reunite in the United States while they wait for their immigrant visas to become available.”

The Department of State will issue invitations to “certain U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident petitioners whose Form I-130 filed on behalf of an Ecuadorian principal beneficiary has been approved.” The petitioner will then need to file Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, on behalf of the beneficiary/ies.

Please see the Federal Register Notice for full details about the eligibility criteria and application process, and please feel free to contact our firm with questions.