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As we have mentioned in previous posts there is more than one way that someone might be able to come to the United States to live. Multiple programs are in place that the average person is not aware of. Accordingly, it can be worth meeting with an immigration lawyer to learn about what options exist.

One program that may be available to immigrants from Central America, was implemented by the State Department and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services late last year. It follows on from an anti-trafficking law pertaining to Central America that took effect in 2008.

The law is specifically designed to reunite children—and sometimes grandchildren and spouses—from the following counties with family members who reside in the country legally:

  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras

In addition to protecting children from exploitation by smuggling networks its goal is also to percent them from risking their lives in trying to make their way into the U.S.

The process may be commenced by parents who either have legal status or have been granted deferred action under executive actions. Next, the applicants’ children will be interviewed in their native country by USCIS officers located there. Among other things, they must undergo DNA testing to prove that they are related to the applicants.

There are two ways in which the program might work. For those who qualify for refugee status, they may eventually obtain a green card, receive resettlement assistance and be granted U.S. Citizenship. If they are not considered a refugee, they may still become eligible for parole. This status would still let them live in the U.S.

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