Earlier this month, the Department of State announced that beginning November 9, 2017, it would no longer accept applications for the Central American Minors refugee program. This impacts minors seeking refugee resettlement from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. In addition to the Department of State putting an end to accepting applications, those with pending applications will be impacted as well. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will only interview Central American Minors who had previously submitted their applications and were waiting to be accepted until January 31, 2018. Further instructions and information will be given to those who have pending applications but are not interviewed before January 31, 2018.
The termination of the Central American Minors refugee program took place as part of the United States government’s efforts to make changes to the Refugee Admissions Program for the 2018 fiscal year. The Central American Minors refugee program was implemented in 2014 in an effort to allow parents who were lawfully in the United States to bring their children and other eligible family members as refugees resettling from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
If you believe that you or a loved one may be impacted by these changes, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration law attorney who can provide you with assistance. Whenever changes are made to immigration policy in the United States, it is important to determine how you may be affected.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance.