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New Parole Programs for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2023 | Immigration Law

Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the U.S. borders when living conditions in their home countries become unbearable. When situations of great repression, political strife, gang violence, or famine force families to leave in search of a safe life, it puts pressure on U.S. policy makers to create humanitarian immigration protocols for these special circumstances. Even if temporary, they can have a dramatic effect on migrants’ quality of life. If you or someone you love is part of this group, here is what you need to know about the January 2023 Parole Programs for Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

What Does the Parole Program Do?

For immigration law, the term “parole” simply refers to permission to officially enter the U.S. The Immigration Nationality Act of 1952 gives lawmakers the right to grant permission to individuals and families to temporarily remain in the United States on a “case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.” The Biden administration used this law to create new policies that will give up to 30,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans the ability to apply for travel authorization to enter the U.S. every month. This is excellent news for those seeking asylum or permanent residency. The unfortunate tradeoff is that there will be more stringent border enforcement policies toward individuals coming from those locations.

Qualifying for Parole

In order to qualify for parole there are several criterias that must be met. The primary qualification is that the individual or family must have a “supporter/sponsor” who has filled out Form I-134A, and has been vetted by U.S. Immigration and Immigration Services (USCIS). This policy is essentially an additional family sponsorship process, making it easier to reunite families, but anyone who has the ability and desire to support those seeking parole may apply as a supporter no need to be related by blood. The additional requirements for beneficiaries include, but are not limited to:

  • Posses a valid passport
  • Arriving from outside the U.S.
  • Pass national security clearance
  • Must be from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, or Venezuela or the spouse, common-law partner, or child under 21.

Becoming a Supporter

In order to support an individual or family within the parole program, you have to provide evidence that you have the financial means to support the parolee(s) during their entire parole period. Filing Form I-134A is free, but the form can be tricky to complete and has many requirements. In addition to financial support, the supporter must also lawfully reside within the U.S. or its territories, submit to a background check, and an extensive vetting process through the USCIS. Entities, such as higher education institutions, may also become supporters but must apply through an individual proxy.

Reuniting families and providing humanitarian aid is important to building strong and diverse communities and is part of American culture. Becoming a supporter or a parolee can be an overwhelming and confusing process, especially when time is of the essence. At Rotella & Hernandez, we understand and appreciate the needs of individuals and families seeking entry to the U.S. For a consultation, call today at (305) 596-3618.