By: Juan Cisneros – Legal Assistant – Bolour/Carl Immigration Group

Newly Announced Special Parole Program for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans

Over the holidays, a record number of asylum seekers on the southern border caused a serious humanitarian crisis and thus a state of emergency was declared at certain points of entry. The Biden Administration is aware that this crisis and immigration issues associated with it will affect its future and public opinion. To manage this crisis, and to minimize the humanitarian costs, the Administration is requiring asylum seekers from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to explore alternative pathways before approaching the border. The Special Parole program for the citizens of these countries provides that option. At the same time, penalties for folks who do not utilize this option will be harsh – essentially, they will be deemed removable from the U.S.

This development will lead to the extension of Title 42 and the likely deportation of those who crossed the border illegally in the past but will also allow for up to 30 thousand parole approvals per month. This means that those approved may enter the U.S. without any visa status. Once here, the Parolees can legally live and work in the US. The administration perceives this to be a safe and a less chaotic way for potential asylum seekers to initiate their immigration process virtually and away from the border.

Asylum seekers are supposed to start this legal procedure on the Custom and Border App, where they should be able to even schedule appointments with border officials at legal points of entry. While parole does not immediately provide a direct path toward citizenship, it possibly can in the future, depending on changes in American politics and its influence on immigration policy.

Parole seekers need to have a sponsor on US soil with the ability to provide financial support. The sponsor doesn’t need to have US permanent status; however, the stability of the sponsor’s status can build the parolee a stronger case. This Special Parole program for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans does not disturb the ability of citizens of other countries to apply for asylum subject to Title 42 restrictions.

If you have questions on this Special Parole or any other U.S. immigration matter, please contact us at 323-857-0034 or and ask to speak to one of our attorneys for case evaluation.