USCIS Message to Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) Dependent Children

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10071675 (posted Jul. 16, 2010)"

USCIS has updated the following section of the website: Green Card for a Haitian Refugee, which relates to the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA). USCIS reminds HRIFA dependent children approaching their 21st birthday to file their Application for Adjustment of Status, Form I-485, as soon as possible and to write “expedite” on the mailing envelope and application form. Please note that dependent children become ineligible for permanent residence as the “child” of a principal applicant if their case is not decided before their 21st birthday.

As noted on the website, principal applicants filing a Request for Advance Parole, Form I-131, for a dependent child outside of the United States, are also reminded to file as early as possible. The request for advance parole must be processed and the travel document issued in a sufficient amount of time to allow:

  • The dependent to travel to the United States;
  • The dependent to file a HRIFA adjustment application (Form I-485); and
  • USCIS to completely adjudicate the application before the dependent's 21st birthday.
 
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