Humanitarian Parole

Humanitarian parole is an extraordinary measure to bring someone to the United States for a temporary period of time due to urgent circumstances or a compelling emergency. Humanitarian parole is granted in lieu of a valid visa for someone who is not eligible for a visa or is inadmissible to the US for other reasons.  The period of time that USCIS grants parole corresponds with the length of the emergency or humanitarian situation.  Requests for initial humanitarian parole can only be accepted for individuals who are currently outside the United States, though once granted, the parolee may request an extension from within the United States.  Initial humanitarian parole is usually issued for 1 year. 

USCIS reviews each application for humanitarian parole on a case-by-case basis and the decision is discretionary.  Parole is not an immigration benefit like a visa or green card, nor can it be used to circumvent normal visa processes and timelines. Parolees are not authorized to work in the United States and must depart the U.S. on or before the expiration of parole as indicated on Form I-94.  Humanitarian parole can be granted for adults and children likewise.  However, if a child is applying for the parole, parent or legal guardian must provide consent. 

Any interested party, including the prospective parolee, sponsoring relative, or attorney can file an application for humanitarian parole.  In addition to immigration forms, the applicant must provide supporting documentation showing the reasons for the request.  After the application is filed with the USCIS, it takes about 3-4 months to receive a decision.  However, expedited processing may be possible if the situation requires it.

Most common situations when humanitarian parole is granted are:

  1. Medical emergency, generally involving life and death, where the person seeking parole needs to enter the U.S. immediately.

  2. Person seeking parole needs to attend a civil court hearing that requires his/her presence in the U.S. within the next 15 days; or

  3. Other urgent situation that requires immediate action, or is in the public interest.



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