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DOS requests comment on revisions to Form DS-7699, Affidavit of Relationship for Minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras

  1. Date Announced

    April 26, 2017

    DOS requests comment on proposed revisions to Form DS-7699, Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) for Minors Who Are Nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Among the proposed changes include adding nine additional options to designate the individual relationship to the qualifying child which reflect an expansion of the program to additional categories of family members of the qualifying children. In addition, the form contains minor formatting edits, changes to relationship codes to match those used by the Refugee Processing Center, and clarification on the relationships that will require DNA testing.

    The purpose of this form is to allow U.S.-based parents to provide biographical information about their children in the qualifying countries to assist the DOS in determining whether those children and certain derivative beneficiaries are qualified to apply for access to the Central American Minor (CAM) program for family reunification purposes, as well as to verify parent-child relationships during refugee case adjudication. [ID #853]

    See Biden administration action below.

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  3. Subsequent Action

    May 30, 2017

    OMB approved this information collection without change.

    OMB approves information collect request
  4. Subsequent Action

    November 8, 2017

    On November 8, 2017, the Department of State announced that the U.S. government is ending the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program in FY 2018 and indicated that the Department of State will not accept any new applications to the CAM refugee program after November 9, 2017.

    U.S. government ends the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program
  5. Subsequent Action

    June 17, 2019

    Form DS-7699 is discontinued, effective 6/30/2019.

    Discontinued
  6. Biden Administration Action

    June 28, 2021

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On June 28, 2021, the DOS filed an advanced notice of a request for emergency OMB approval and request for comments regarding Form DS-7699, Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) for Minors Who Are Nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2021.

    NOTE: DOS previously filed this advanced notice to be published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2021, however, in observation of Juneteenth, the Federal Register was not published with the following explanation: "June 18, 2021 was designated for observation of the Juneteenth National Independence Day holiday. As a result, the OFR is unexpectedly closed that day and the Federal Register issue of June 18, 2021 is cancelled. Therefore, this document has been withdrawn from public inspection and will not publish as originally scheduled."

    2021.06.29 DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 11450] Notice of Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Affidavit of Relationship for Minors Who Are Nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras

  1. Associated or Derivative Policies

Commentary

Brookings Institution: A Refugee and Parole Program for Central American Minors

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