Humanitarian Parole

Humanitarian parole is an extraordinary measure, sparingly used to bring an otherwise inadmissible person into the United States for a temporary period of time because of a compelling emergency situation. Humanitarian Parole cannot be used to circumvent the normal visa-issuing process, nor can it be used as a means to bypass immigrant visa availability or processing for refugee status.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary may parole any person seeking entry into the United States if based on urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Humanitarian parole is granted on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the DHS Secretary.

With rare exception, all other legal avenues (such as applying for a non-immigrant visa) must first be exhausted before parole can be considered and approved. A detailed explanation of why a Non-Immigrant Visa cannot be obtained, must be established. Humanitarian Parole can also only be requested, for persons who are outside of the U.S.

Those individuals, applying for Humanitarian Parole, must provide a detailed explanation of the emergent reasons that Humanitarian Parole is being sought by/for each prospective parolee and the length of time for which Parole is being requested. Parole is generally limited to a maximum time of one (1) year.

The documentation required will differ for each type of Humanitarian Parole situation. The most common request is for medical reasons in which case, at a minimum, the person seeking parole will require:

  • A detailed explanation from each prospective parolee’s medical doctor stating the diagnosis, prognosis, and the reasons why treatment cannot be obtained in the prospective parolee’s home country or neighboring countries.
  • A letter from the U.S. physician who has agreed to treat the parolee along with a detailed explanation addressing the cost of and payment for the medical procedure/treatment in the US.
  • Detailed explanation of how, and by whom, medical care, housing, transportation, and other subsistence needs will be met for a prospective parolee.

For more information, application procedures and a list of frequently asked questions, please visit the Services and Benefits page at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Further, it is highly advisable to contact us, to specifically review your circumstances, in terms of this or other relief.

To talk to a lawyer about any personal or business immigration concern, call our offices in New York City at 212-401-4040 or Toll-Free in the U.S. at  800-244-5266. You can also contact us online.


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