Biden Administration Humanitarian Parole for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans


January 13, 2023

On January 5, 2023, the Biden administration announced a new humanitarian parole program applicable to nationals of Nicaragua, Haiti, Cuba, and Venezuela. Each month the U.S. will grant humanitarian parole to up to 30,000 eligible individuals from these four countries to enter into the U.S. for a period of two years, where they can request employment authorization. While Alianza Americas welcomes the expansion of pathways for regular migration, program requirements and eligibility criteria exclude many people who are in desperate need of humanitarian protections. Please use our graphics below to understand and educate your communities on who is eligible for the program, both beneficiaries and sponsors.



It is also worth noting that along with the expansion of regular migration pathways for individual nationals from these countries, this new policy is accompanied by efforts that continue Trump-era policies that diminish access to asylum by expanding the application of Title 42 to nationals from these same countries. With the continued use of Title 42, rapid expulsions, and Mexico’s acceptance of 30,000 expelled persons per month, options to seek humanitarian protection are being greatly diminished. We cannot dismiss these efforts and must continue to fight for the right to seek asylum for ALL while also recognizing the need to address the root causes of migration.




Eligibility for beneficiaries 

Eligibility for sponsors 

How can sponsors begin the process of applying?




Who is eligible? 

1. Beneficiaries  

    • I am a national of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, or Venezuela residing outside of the United States. 
      • OR I am a spouse or common-law partner or an unmarried child under the age of 21 of an eligible applicant.
    • I am older than 18 years old, or I am accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
    • I have a valid passport. 
    • I do not have permanent or refugee status in another country. 
    • I meet all health requirements. 
    • I can pass national security and public safety vetting. 
    • I have not been ordered removed from the U.S. within the last 5 years or am subject to a bar to inadmissibility based on a prior removal order.
    • I have not crossed irregularly into the U.S., after January 9th, 2023, or have been permitted a single instance of voluntary departure pursuant to INA § 240B, 8 U.S.C. § 1229c or have withdrawn my application for admission pursuant to INA § 235(a)(4), 8 U.S.C. § 1225(a)(4).
    • If I entered Mexico and/or Panama, after January 9, 2023, I did so 
    • regularly. 


2. Eligibility for sponsorship 

      • I am a U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident; hold a lawful status in the United States such as TPS or asylum; or am a parolee or recipient of deferred action or DED.  (Organizations can sponsor individuals.) 
      • Pass security and background vetting.
      • Demonstrate sufficient financial resources to support a paroled person.

3. How can sponsors begin the process of applying? 

  1. Filling out form I-134A at the website. It has no cost. 
  2. What are the requirements of form I-134A?
  • Proof of sufficient income or financial resources in duplicate evidence
    • Bank or financial institution statement with the following details: date account opened, total amount deposited for the past year, and/or present balance.
    • Statement(s) from employer on business stationery showing date and nature of employment, salary paid, and indicating whether the position is temporary or permanent.
    • Copy of last U.S. federal income tax return filed (tax transcript). 
      • Evidence of assets that can be converted into cash within 12 months. 
  • Proof of citizenship or immigration status 
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