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Understanding the 6 steps of the Humanitarian Parol

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Understanding the 6 steps of the Humanitarian Parol

Step 1: Financial Sponsorship

A support person living in the United States will file an Economic Sponsorship Form with USCIS online through the myUSCIS portal to initiate the process. The Financial Sponsorship Form identifies and collects information about both the supporter and the beneficiary. The support person must submit a separate Financial Sponsorship Form for each beneficiary proposed to be supported, including immediate family members and minor children.

USCIS will then screen the support person to ensure that he or she can financially support the person he or she agrees to support and to protect him or her from exploitation and abuse. Supporting persons must be vetted and confirmed by USCIS, at the agency’s discretion, before moving forward in the process.

Step 2: Submit Biographical Information

If USCIS confirms a support person, the listed beneficiary will receive an email from USCIS on how to create a myUSCIS account and instructions on next steps. The beneficiary must confirm his/her biographical information in myUSCIS and certify that he/she meets the eligibility requirements. As part of the eligibility confirmation in their myUSCIS account, individuals seeking authorization to travel to the United States must confirm that they meet public health requirements, including certain vaccination requirements.

Step 3: Submit the Request in the CBP One Mobile Application

After confirming biographic information in myUSCIS and completing the required eligibility statements, the beneficiary will receive instructions through myUSCIS on how to access the CBP One mobile application. The beneficiary must then enter biographical information into CBP One and provide a photo.

Step 4: Advance Authorization for Travel to the U.S.

After completing Step 3, the beneficiary will receive a notification in their myUSCIS account confirming whether CBP will provide them with advance authorization to travel to the United States to seek to obtain discretionary temporary leave to remain granted on a case-by-case basis.

If approved, this authorization is valid for 90 days. Beneficiaries are responsible for securing their own air travel to the United States. Approval of advance authorization to travel does not guarantee entry or that you will be granted temporary permission to stay upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry (POE). Such a temporary stay permit is a discretionary determination made by CBP at the port of entry based on a finding that the permit is justified due to urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.

Step 5: Obtain Temporary Permit to Stay at the Port of Entry

When a beneficiary arrives at a port of entry, CBP will inspect and consider him or her for discretionary temporary stay permission on a case-by-case basis. As part of the inspection, beneficiaries will undergo additional checks and screening, which will include an additional biometric fingerprint screening consistent with CBP’s inspection process. Individuals who are determined to pose a threat to national security or public safety, or who otherwise do not warrant temporary permission to stay as a matter of discretion following inspection, will be processed under an appropriate processing pathway and may be referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Step 6: Temporary Permit to Stay

Those granted temporary permission to stay pursuant to this process will generally receive temporary permission to remain in the United States for a period of up to two years, subject to health and investigation requirements, and will be eligible to apply for employment authorization under existing regulations.

Individuals may request employment authorization from USCIS by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Individuals who are granted temporary permission to stay and are eligible to apply for employment authorization may do so online.

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