What is Humanitarian parole? It is utilized to bring a foreign national who is otherwise inadmissible into the United States for a temporary period of time due to an emergency. An applicant may apply on the basis of humanitarian parole if there is a compelling emergency and there is an urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit which would allow you temporary entry into the United States. Anyone can file an application for humanitarian parole. You cannot use parole to avoid normal visa-issuing procedures or to bypass immigration procedures.
Here are the requirements for Parole:
- Complete and sign Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
- Complete and sign Form I-134, Affidavit of Support
- Pay the filing fee for each parole applicant as per the USCIS fee schedule
- Attach all required evidence and supporting documentation as stated in the Instructions of the forms.
- Fill out Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clip it to the front of the application in order to receive an email or text message when the forms are submitted.
What to expect
If USCIS conditionally approves the parole, they will send out a conditional approval letter to the petitioner who filed the I-131 form and representative of record.
As the U.S Embassy in Kabul is currently closed and all normal consular services in Afghanistan have been suspended until further notice. The U.S. government will contact the beneficiary with further instructions and will work to assist individuals residing in Afghanistan to depart the country if USCIS has conditionally approved their application for humanitarian parole. Circumstances on the ground are changing rapidly. Parole beneficiaries may experience delays in processing their cases and may need to arrange travel to a U.S. embassy outside of Afghanistan to continue processing their parole request.
The beneficiary must complete Form DS-160, Application for a Nonimmigrant Visa, and include their best local contact phone number as soon as they are notified of their conditional approval. Instructions for completing the DS-160 are included in the conditional approval letter. If the beneficiary is outside of Afghanistan, they may also be asked to report to a U.S. embassy to verify their identity and provide biometrics for additional security screening. If no derogatory information is identified, a travel document will be issued so the beneficiary can travel to the United States.
- Petitioner: Person completing Form I-131 on behalf of a foreign national who is outside the U.S and is seeking parole. The individual can also be a "self-petitioner" who files Form I-131 for him or herself.
- Beneficiary: A beneficiary is a foreign national who is residing outside the U.S and is seeking parole.
- Sponsor: A sponsor is an individual who agrees to provide financial support for the beneficiary of a parole application by filing Form I-134.
- Parolee: A parolee is an individual who is paroled into the United States.
Parole is not a legal immigration status and does not provide a path to legal immigration status. A parolee once in the United States of America may be able to obtain lawful status in the United States through other means.
How can we help
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