Humanitarian Parole is granted on a limited basis to bring someone into the U.S. for a temporary period of time because of an emergency. If you or a loved one need to travel to the U.S. because
of an emergency, then you may be able to apply for humanitarian parole. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to discuss your immigration options with a U.S. immigration lawyer.
Reasons for seeking humanitarian parole include: You need to obtain vital medical treatment in the U.S. that is not available in your home country;
You want to visit a critically or terminally ill relative in the United States;
- You want to attend the funeral of a relative in the United States;
- Family reunification and to prevent familial separation (such as adult and child);
- Civil and criminal court proceedings (for example, if you’re an important witness for the trial);
- Your presence in the United States is in the public interest; or
- Other emergency situations (determined on a case-by-case basis).
Humanitarian Parole is a last resort option for coming to the U.S. which means you must not have other legal means of coming to the U.S. (such as applying for a visitor visa). Unlike many types
of visa, you do not need a United States family member to file an application for humanitarian parole. Anyone can self-petition for humanitarian parole and can apply from outside of the United
States. Usually, you have to be outside of the U.S. to apply for humanitarian parole but individuals in deportation proceedings can apply from within the United States.
In order to apply for parole, you must submit the following:
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
- Form I-134, Affidavit of Support
- Memorandum in Support of Application – You should explain the compelling and urgent nature of the emergency request. The memo should note your strong and permanents ties to your home country
in order to convince USCIS that you do not have “immigrant intent.” You should also demonstrate that you have good moral character, pose no risk of harm in the United States, and address any
negative factors such as prior arrests in the United States. Be sure to include supporting documents organized with a table of exhibits.
- Medical Evidence If you are applying for humanitarian parole for medical treatment, then you also need to include an explanation from a doctor stating the diagnosis and prognosis, and how
long the treatment is expected to last. You must also explain why you cannot obtain this type of treatment in your home country or a neighboring country and provide the estimated cost of the
treatment. Additionally, you must prove that you can pay for the treatment and for your return to your home country after the treatment ends.
It takes about 3-4 months to receive a decision on your application. Humanitarian Parole is only granted for short periods of time that coincides with the expected duration of the emergency and
is not granted for a period of more than 1 year.
Applying for humanitarian parole and be complicated and requires a comprehensive understanding of immigration law. Review of these applications is strict, and the majority of applicants are
denied. Because the decision to grant parole is completely discretionary, there is no appeal if your application is denied. At the Law Office of Adrian Murati, we can help you determine if you
qualify for humanitarian parole and help you through the difficult application process. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to discuss your immigration options with an immigration lawyer in Rockford,