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Humanitarian Parole

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security may parole into the United States any alien on account of urgent medical or humanitarian reasons or other emergencies. Humanitarian Parole is often a “last chance” to gain entry to the US for those individuals who are not otherwise eligible for a visa. Review of these applications is quite stringent: 3/4 of all humanitarian parole applications are denied. It is prescribed on a case-by-case basis and may not be used to circumvent normal visa-issuing procedures or applications for refugee status.

Who Can Apply?

Humanitarian Parole can only be requested for persons who are outside of the U. S. Anyone can file an application for humanitarian parole: the prospective parolee, a sponsoring relative, an attorney or any other interested individual.

How long is the Parole valid for?

Humanitarian parole is granted for a period of time to coincide with the duration of the emergency or humanitarian situation that forms the basis for the request. There is a maximum time limit of 1 year, although this time can be extended indefinitely while in the U.S.

What is the process?

An application along with supporting documentation is submitted to the Humanitarian Parole Branch of USCIS. Upon approval, the individual being paroled into the United States must obtain an entry document from the nearest US consulate.

How does W&A help?

White & Associates can help people in emergency or “last chance” situations to successfully present their case for humanitarian parole. White & Associates has helped several clients successfully petition for humanitarian parole in the past. For example, we helped to reunify a 9-year- old girl with her family in the United States after she was unable to receive an immigrant visa before the expiration of the diversity lottery visa program. In another case, our firm helped a woman, who was separated from her husband and children because of paperwork lost by an embassy, obtain humanitarian parole.

These cases can be very complicated. Financial support, DNA evidence, congressional support, and voluminous evidence documenting the emergency or humanitarian situation are often required. We will formulate a strategy for your case and prepare the application and supporting documentation in order to maximize the chances of its approval. Please feel free to contact us so that we may be able to assess your case.

Case Studies

Ms. B is married to an American man. She had been permanently barred from the United States by a consular officer and advised that she needed a waiver. The standard for granting a waiver — to prove that the American citizen would be subjected to extreme hardship in the event of denial — is a difficult standard to meet. Instead of submitting a waiver application, we challenged the finding that she had committed a crime of moral turpitude as erroneous. After review of our submission by the Advisory Opinion Division of the Visa Office in Washington, the finding was overturned and she was able to join her husband in the US.
Case of D.B.