- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Haitian immigration advocates in Miami are anxious for federal officials to clarify how they’ll fast-track immigration for a limited number of Haitians approved to join relatives in the U.S.

The Obama administration announced Friday that the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program will allow Haitians scheduled to receive a visa within two years to move to the U.S. They also will receive work permits.

About 100,000 Haitians already are approved to immigrate, but they can spend a decade waiting for visas. Steve Forester of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti said Tuesday an estimated 5,000 Haitians may be eligible for the expedited process, but it’s unclear whether the program will be renewed annually.


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In early 2015, federal officials will notify Haitians living here whose relatives may be eligible.

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