“Changes in Humanitarian Parole Selection Process for Cubans, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, and Haitians – How to Apply”

2023-05-12 18:00:28

The Undersecretary of State, Blas Nuñez-Neto, confirmed that there will be changes in the selection process of the humanitarian parole for Cubans, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans and Haitians.

The main change announced Thursday is that 500 daily cases will be chosen by a lottery system. This means that any applicant could be selected, regardless of the date of their application. The other 500 cases will be made by the application date. In this way, he also announced that they are processing 1,000 daily cases of humanitarian parole.

Until March 31, the statistics of people benefited from the humanitarian parole showed 15,000 benefited Cubans, 18,000 Haitians, 32,500 Venezuelans and 7,500 Nicaraguans. The highest figure corresponds to Venezuelans because the parole began for them three months earlier.

It was recently learned that there were delays in the process to grant the humanitarian parole, in light of which the Department of Homeland Security had said that it was not a random process and that each case was independent.

Luis Miranda, from the Department of Homeland Security, explained in April that this process was not a lottery. “Each case is particular, it depends on the sponsor’s application. And then, on how long it takes to verify the information,” he had said.

From now on, with the changes announced, half of the applications will be randomly attended through a lottery.


Given the delays, they recommend that applicants not send new applications until they receive a response.

On its page, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clarifies that a new form should not be filed on behalf of the same beneficiary, because instead of speeding up the process, it could cause additional delays.


The first step in the process is for the US-based sponsor to file a Form I-134A, “Statement of Financial Support,” with USCIS, for each citizen or immediate family member seeking support, including minor children.

The key steps in the process are six, according to USCIS:

  • Step 1: Economic Sponsorship: Fill out Form I-134A
  • Step 2: Submit Biographical Information: The beneficiary will receive an email from USCIS with instructions on the next steps.
  • Step 3: Submit the Petition on the CBP One Mobile App
  • Step 4: Receive Advance Travel Authorization to the United States. 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.
  • Step 5: Obtain Permit for Temporary Stay at the Port of Entry.
  • Step 6: Obtain the Temporary Permanence Permit.

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