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Who is eligible for Humanitarian Parole?

Humanitarian parole allows those who do not have a valid visa or other immigration status to enter the United States for humanitarian grounds.

  • In extraordinary circumstances, the DHS of the United States issues humanitarian parole:
    For family reunification, if a relative is in danger;
    For urgent medical treatment;
    To flee war, natural disasters or persecution;
    To participate in legal proceedings in the USA.

To be considered for humanitarian parole, you must submit Form I-131 to USCIS, as well as Form I-134, Declaration of Financial assist from a sponsor who promises to financially assist the applicant throughout their stay in the United States. The sponsor must have enough income and financial means to cover the applicant’s stay in the United States.

The applicant has to fill out and sign Form I-131. Attached must be the following documents:
A written statement from the applicant explaining why Humanitarian parole is required;
Medical certificates, evidence of persecution, and invitations from family in the United States are examples of humanitarian motives.
Biometric information on the applicant, such as pictures and fingerprints;
Translation of documents into English is required.

Form I-134 must be signed by the sponsor and include proof of income (such as tax returns, bank statements, or pay stubs).

The application evaluation procedure might take anywhere from a few months to a year.

Humanitarian parole normally has a one-year validity period. If the conditions under which it was issued have not altered, you can resubmit Form I-131 to request an extension. This will extend the Humanitarian parole’s validity period by another year. If the conditions under which the applicant received Humanitarian parole change, the person has to either find another lawful method to stay in the United States or depart the country when the Humanitarian parole expires.

Humanitarian parole does not grant immigration status, but grantees can receive a driver’s license and Social Security number, and their children can attend school.

Employment authorization may be given with Humanitarian parole in some situations if it does not contradict the purpose and duration of stay in the United States. After granted Humanitarian parole, the applicant has to submit Form I-765. This permits for legal employment during the duration of the Humanitarian parole.

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