As of November 9, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) has stopped accepting new Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program applicants and the USCIS will stop interviewing as of January 31, 2018. They stated in the USCIS News Alert, “Status of the Central American Minors Program“, that individual applicants with pending applications and who have not been interviewed by the final date will receive a notice with further instructions. We are not sure what that last sentence really means!
The CAM program was established in 2014 to provide certain minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras the opportunity to be considered, while still in their home country, for refugee resettlement in the United States. Individuals who were determined to be ineligible for refugee status were then considered by USCIS for the possibility of entering the United States under parole. The parole portion of the CAM program was terminated in August 2017.*
Here is the reason the CAM program was originally developed from a news article in 2014: “Here’s How The U.S. Sparked A Refugee Crisis On The Border, In 8 Simple Steps”.
For more detailed information about this subject please review all of the links below.
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 11/15/17. USCIS News Alert:
*excerpt from this news alert
State.gov, 11/8/17, DOS Press Release:
Huffingtonpost.com, 11/5/14, News Article:
USCIS.gov, 11/15/17, Web Page: