When someone would normally not be permitted to enter the United States for any number of reasons, there may still be options to temporarily enter the United States for compelling, humanitarian reasons. Humanitarian parole allows an individual who is inadmissible to the United States (and therefore, typically would be denied admission) to enter the United States for purposes of resolving the temporary humanitarian need. An individual may be granted humanitarian parole for one of the following reasons:
- To seek medical treatment in the United States;
- To be an organ donor to someone within the United States;
- To reunite with family members in the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons (in such cases, the individual must be “especially vulnerable,” for example due to age or disability);
- To care for or support a seriously or terminally ill relative in the United States; or
- To attend a funeral or to settle the affairs of a deceased relative in the United States.
Generally speaking, no matter what one’s reason for seeking humanitarian parole, it will be necessary to provide evidence of the emergency, and to demonstrate how that particular emergency necessitates parole into the United States for a temporary period of time.
Humanitarian parole does not provide permanent immigration status, nor does it negate an individual’s inadmissibility ground(s) for future entries.
Other parole programs, such as the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, the Central American Minor Refugee/Parole Program, the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, the International Entrepreneur Parole Program, may also enable qualifying individuals to enter the United States as parolees.
If you are interested in learning more about humanitarian parole, contact Tanner Law Offices at 717-731-8114 to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.