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Practice Advisory: Preserving Asylum-Based CAM Eligibility

IRAP has produced a new practice advisory for legal practitioners with best practices for maintaining access to the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole Program “parole track” for CAM cases based on the pending, defensive asylum application of the “Qualifying Parent.” 

CAM applicants (“Qualifying Children” and “Eligible Family Members”) who have yet to be resettled in or paroled into the United States lose access to the CAM parole track at the time that their qualifying parent’s asylum application is dismissed or denied. Almost all CAM applications filed during the Biden administration are based on the parent’s pending asylum application, and the CAM parole track is the most common way that successful CAM applicants reach the United States. Therefore, navigating removal proceedings with a nuanced understanding of CAM case implications is important both for actual and prospective CAM qualifying parents who wish to pursue this lawful pathway for family reunification.

You can view IRAP’s Practice Advisory on Preserving Asylum-Based CAM Eligibility here.

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