Immigration Parole Programs

Immigration paroles or immigration parole programs are temporary authorization from USCIS or other authorities to join or stay in the US for specified circumstances. Different immigration paroles serve different purposes:

Humanitarian parole is granted for important social grounds. It can be issued to persons who need to enter the U.S. swiftly for medical care, to visit a dying loved one, or to attend a funeral. Individual cases of humanitarian parole are granted, and it does not substitute a visa or other immigrant status.

Advance parole: Most U.S. citizens seeking temporary foreign travel are granted advance parole. It is typically granted to DACA holders, green card applicants, and others. It allows travelers to return to the U.S. without losing their open applications or legal status.

Public Interest Parole is granted to those whose presence into the U.S. benefits the public. This includes most law enforcement, national security, and international affairs situations. It is rare and administered in uncommon settings.

Temporary Parole for Enterpreneurs: The International Entrepreneur Parole program was created to bring and keep foreign businesses who can prove they will boost the U.S. economy. It allows qualified entrepreneurs to temporarily visit the U.S. to expand their startups.

Military Parole in Place (PIP): This program allows family members of active-duty or retired U.S. military personnel in the country illegally to stay. They can apply for green cards without leaving the country, so they can return without being stopped.

DACA travel parole allows DACA holders to travel overseas for study, work, or humanitarian purposes. It lets people leave and return to the U.S. without losing DACA.

Remember that immigration paroles are granted through a case-by-case review process, and they are not a given right. It doesn’t make you a citizen or permanent resident. Consult with an immigration lawyer for the latest immigration parole eligibility and application requirements.