Benefits and Limitations
Form I-817, Application for Family Unity Benefits, offers certain protections and opportunities for eligible individuals, but also comes with specific limitations, creating a mix of pros and cons for applicants.
Individuals granted benefits under Form I-817 are eligible to work in the United States. They receive an employment authorization document (EAD), which typically remains valid as long as their Family Unity Benefits are in place.
Protection from Deportation
Beneficiaries of the Family Unity Program are shielded from deportation. This form of relief provides a crucial layer of security for family members of legalized immigrants, allowing them to remain with their families without the immediate threat of removal.
While the Family Unity Benefits Program provides some benefits, it imposes travel restrictions. Individuals under this program may be prohibited from traveling outside the United States unless they receive explicit permission via advanced parole.
Conditions and Expiry
Form I-817 benefits are not permanent. They have conditions and an expiry date. Beneficiaries must meet eligibility requirements and file for renewal before their benefits expire, typically every two years, to maintain their status and associated benefits.