Not all visa seekers’ needs can be served by standard USCIS channels, and for this reason, humanitarian parole has been created. Humanitarian Parole is a discretionary authority, and applications are approved on a case-by-case basis for what USCIS considers “urgent humanitarian reasons” or “significant public benefit.” Essentially, it allows individuals to enter the U.S. under special emergency situations.
Reasons humanitarian parole might be approved include medical emergencies (where the emergency is life threatening and adequate treatment is not available in the applicant’s home country), or other emergent reasons that may be decided on a case-by-case basis. Parole is for the duration of the emergency, and is commonly granted for one year or less.
Adjudicated applicants are not admitted to the United States as lawful permanent residents. Humanitarian parole is a temporary benefit. If you are applying because of medical emergency, you will need a physician to submit documentation detailing your diagnosis, prognosis, and any details explaining why you need treatment in the U.S. If you are applying under other circumstances, you should also submit documentary proof of your situation.
Humanitarian parole is an uncommon way to gain entrance to the United States, with only about 250 applications approved each year. Applicants may not use humanitarian parole to circumvent normal immigration procedures, nor should they think it will “speed up” any current applications.
Please contact our office for a consultation and further information regarding this type of application.