Unless the Biden administration changes the rules, you will need to meet the following requirements to qualify as a qualifying parent, a qualifying child beneficiary, or parent beneficiary under the CAM program.
To bring a qualifying child to the United States under the CAM program, you must be at least 18 years old, and you must be physically present in the US. Your presence in the US must be based on one of the following immigration categories::
- Lawful permanent resident;
- Deferred Action;
- Deferred Enforced Departure;
- Temporary Protected Status; or
- Withholding of Removal.
In any case, your presence in the US must be lawful at the time you submit your application.
But what if you are the qualifying child’s other parent? Suppose, for example, that the child’s mother files a CAM application on behalf of her child, and you are the child’s father. You can also qualify for parole into the United States, as long as:
- You are part of the same household as the qualifying child; and
- You are legally married to the qualifying parent, both at the time the CAM Affidavit of Relationship is filed, and at the time you arrive in the US.
A CAM Affidavit of Relationship, known as DS-7699, is a US State Department form that allows you to prove your qualifying relationship (parent/child or spouse/spouse).
To enter the US as a qualifying child, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be the child of a qualifying parent, as defined above. It is fine if you are a stepchild or an adopted child. Your qualifying parent must apply on your behalf.
- You must be under 21 years of age.
- You must be unmarried.
- You must be a citizen or national of El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras.
Re-establishment of the CAM parole program is expected to begin sometime in March 2021 with respect to the re-opening of suspended applications. The acceptance of brand-new applications, however, is likely to be delayed until some time in the spring of 2021.