Are you a Filipino World War II veteran? If so, you may benefit from a program started by the USCIS in June of this year which recognizes the contributions made by such veterans. Under the Filipino World War II Parole Program (or FWVP program), veterans may request parole for certain family members, and if approved, those family members may enter the United States and remain here while they wait for visas to become available.
To be eligible to request parole for qualifying relatives, the veteran must meet the following requirements:
If the veteran is deceased, his/her surviving spouse may request parole for any beneficiaries of the deceased veteran’s I-130 petition so long as the USCIS either reinstates the I-130 petition following the veteran’s death, or grants relief under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“204(l) relief”). The surviving spouse may also seek parole for beneficiaries of his or her own I-130 petition so long as the beneficiaries are also the veteran’s sons and daughters (including spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21), and the qualifying relationship existed on or before May 9, 2016. The surviving spouse’s sons or daughters who are not also the veteran’s sons or daughters are not eligible for the FWVP program, nor are the surviving spouse’s brothers or sisters or their spouses or children.
If the veteran and the veteran’s spouse are both deceased, a “self-petitioner” may request parole under the FWVP program on his/her own behalf, and on behalf of his/her spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21, if the self-petitioner establishes:
Note that because many people seeking parole as family members of Filipino war veterans are at an advanced age, they may request expedited processing for their pending humanitarian reinstatement requests. In addition, requests for parole may be filed concurrently with requests for humanitarian reinstatement. However, the parole request will only be considered once humanitarian reinstatement has been granted.
Once the USCIS approves a parole application, it will then be forwarded to the National Visa Center (“NVC”). The NVC will transfer the case to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad where the beneficiary family member(s) will be interviewed. If travel is ultimately approved, the U.S. Embassy will issue the necessary travel documents to allow the family member(s) to travel to the United States.
For more information about the FWVP program, please contact Immigration Attorneys, LLP at 312.661.9100.