In the fiscal year 2022, 572,500 Cubans, Venezuelans, and Nicaraguans went through the U.S.-Mexico border. Immigration from Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela has been exceptionally on the rise in the last couple of years due to the hardships endured. CBP ex-Commissioner Chris Magnus said that a “new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere” was caused by “failing regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.”₁ Therefore, on January 6, 2023, DHS announced that the Parole Program for Venezuelans had been extended to Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti, also known as the Humanitarian Parole.
The Humanitarian Parole, this program proposes a legal and safe entry to the United States to seek relief in paroled time. Through the Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Cuban, and Haitian parole processes, the U.S. government will give permission for up to 30,000 people (or beneficiaries) to come to the U.S. each month.
The beneficiary applying for this process may request, as well as their immediate family members, entry to the U.S. in a safe and organized way. This program requires no filing fee and is completed online through form I-364A. There are several requirements to be eligible for this process, as you can read in our previous article; the beneficiary of this process must be outside the U.S., not have dual citizenship, and not have been deported or removed from the U.S. in the last five years or have an active inadmissibility bar based on old deportation.
However, this process requires, above all, to have a sponsor with a legal U.S. status. The sponsor documents required for this process are:
- Complete form I-134A
- Proof of legal status in the United States such as a copy of passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, legal permanent resident card, etc. The sponsor can also be an TPS holder, Asylee, or DACA recipient with an approved and active legal status.
- Tax transcripts for the last year.
- Bank statements of the last year, showing monthly income and present balance.
- If applicable, a letter from the current employer.
The beneficiary documents required are:
- To have a valid passport.
- Vaccination records.
- Digital passport-size photo.
- An ID.
The Humanitarian Parole is a chance to move to the U.S. safely and follow the American Dream. If you need help with this process, please get help from a professional in immigration law.