Sign up today to find out if more “family” members will join refugees in the US

Reader background:  In 2008, the US State Department found widespread fraud in the so-called P-3 family reunification program for refugees.   The State Department estimated that as many as 30,000 Africans (mostly Somalis) entered the US illegally in a five year period.  The program was suspended and not fully re-opened.

So now, some “refugees and asylees” are attempting to find other ways of getting “family” into the US.  The I-730 is one such program.  Before listening in on the “stakeholder” teleconference tomorrow, it’s recommended that you read this post in which a reader personally knowledgeable with some of these visa programs gives us a summary.

Here is the announcement from the USCIS (hat tip: Jim).  You must sign up today for the call tomorrow!

Dear Stakeholder [I hate that word, but as one reader recently pointed out, if you pay taxes, you are a stakeholder!–ed]

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) International Operations Division and Public Engagement Division invite any interested individuals to participate in a teleconference on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Eastern) to receive an update on the Refugee and Asylee Follow-to-Join (Form I-730) pilot program that was launched overseas by USCIS and the Department of State (DOS) last year.

On March 31, 2011, USCIS and DOS began piloting new Form I-730 processing procedures at five overseas locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; New Delhi, India; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Yaoundé, Cameroon. The pilot procedures were jointly developed by USCIS and DOS in an effort to improve customer service and to provide greater consistency, efficiency, and security in the processing of these important humanitarian cases.

During this engagement USCIS will provide an update on the pilot and plans for future implementation. In addition, subject matter experts will be available to answer questions from stakeholders.

To Participate in the Session

Please email the Public Engagement Division no later than August 6, 2012 at

Please reference “Follow to Join” in the subject line of your email. Please also include your full name and the organization you represent in the body of the email.

To Join the Session

On the day of the engagement please use the information below to join the session by phone. We recommend calling in 10 minutes prior to the start of the teleconference.
Call-in Number Inside the US: 1-800-779-9654
Call-in Number Outside the US: 001-212-547-0238
Passcode: 730

Kind Regards,

Public Engagement Division
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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