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Family Members of FilAm Vets May Now Apply: Rules Just Published

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Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on June 9, 2016; updated June 11, 2016

Family Members of FilAm Vets May Now Apply: Rules Just Published


  1. Program Eligibility -  Who is eligible to file the Advance parole request?– A Filipino American War Veteran granted naturalization; with domicile or residing in the United States; who has an approved petition for a son or daughter and immigrant visas are not available.
  2. Requesting Parole Under the FWVP Program – The US citizen petitioner (War Veteran) must submit individual, separate form for each applicant (visa beneficiary) with the corresponding fee to a US CIS Lock Box and supporting documents.  In addition, the petitioner must submit an Affidavit of Support for each applicant. If necessary such as when the petitioner has limited income or no income, then another U.S. Citizen or permanent resident must submit the affidavit of support form to meet the federal poverty guidelines.‚Äč
  3. Processing Your Application – The grant of parole is discretionary, not automatic. Those granted parole would still have to pass criminal and national security background checks; a medical exam; and continuing favorable exercise of discretion After you file your application at the USCIS designated address, the package will be forwarded to a USCIS service center for adjudication. The service center will verify that you are qualified to submit the application and will review the documentation to determine whether your beneficiary may be qualified for parole. The service center may request additional evidence, deny, or conditionally approve your application.If the service center conditionally approves your application, it will be forwarded to the Department of State’s (DOS) National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will transfer your case to the USCIS office or U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad where your beneficiary relative will be interviewed. If your parole application is denied,, the decision is final. However, you could still be eligible for immigrant visa processing based on the approved Form I-130 filed on your behalf when your immigrant visa becomes available.
  4. Processing Time. It may take approximately six months to process an FWVP application from the time your application is received to issuance of a travel document. The time required to reach a decision on a case will vary depending on the issues raised and whether additional evidence may be required.
  5. Request for Evidence - If the service center finds that an application lacks required evidence or that additional evidence or information is required, they will send you a Request for Evidence (RFE). You must provide the evidence requested by the RFE, or establish that the evidence is not available and submit secondary evidence in its place. Your application may be denied if you do not respond to the RFE within the required time frame.
  6. Beneficiary Interview - NOTE: Please do not try to schedule an appointment directly with a USCIS International Field Office or a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  You will be notified when an interview appointment has been scheduled. Depending on your location, you (the principal beneficiary) may be interviewed by a USCIS or DOS consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. After receiving the application from the NVC, USCIS or DOS will schedule an interview appointment and provide information regarding any pre-interview requirements, including instructions on completion of a medical examination. On the date of interview, USCIS staff or DOS consular officers will interview you and the derivative beneficiaries to verify your identities and confirm your eligibility for parole under the FWVP Progra
  7. What You Can and Cannot Do as a  Parolee – Parole is temporary and, in and of itself, does not lead to an immigration status or make you eligible for a Green Card. It simply allows you to remain in the United States for the period of time that parole is authorized and to apply for work authorization. To get LPR status (a Green Card), you must apply for and meet the eligibility requirements of LPR status.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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