The United States embassy in Cuba announced that it has started processing pending applications for the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program (CFRP), suspended in 2017.
Its statement says the following:
“USCIS has begun mailing interview notices to CFRP petitioners with beneficiary interview instructions. On August 18, USCIS began conducting interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. USCIS has limited capacity to conduct interviews at this time, so beneficiaries should not take any steps to prepare for an interview until their petitioner receives an interview notice.
“In addition, USCIS is sending general information about the resumption of the program to petitioners with pending applications for the CFRP program.”
And it clarifies:
“USCIS is not issuing new letters of invitation at this time. We will update our website and make public announcements when the next round of CFRP program invitation notices is issued. A petitioner who previously submitted a CFRP application that is still pending should not submit another application.
“If you are a petitioner with a pending CFRP application, please ensure that both USCIS and the Department of State’s National Visa Center have your current mailing address. To update your address with USCIS, please use our online change of address tool. Contact the National Visa Center by submitting an online Public Inquiry Form.
“As USCIS resumes CFRP interviews, we will not email or call you asking for money or fee payments. Don’t be a victim of an immigration scam. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.
“The CFRP program was established in 2007 to provide a safe and orderly pathway to the United States for certain Cuban beneficiaries of approved family-based immigration petitions. The program allows certain eligible U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who receive a letter of invitation to apply for parole for their family members in Cuba. If USCIS approves these family members for parole, they can travel to the United States before their immigrant visa priority dates take effect. CFRP processing was suspended due to the significant reduction in USG staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana for security reasons in 2017 and the closure of the USCIS field office in Havana in 2018.”
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