Hello to the wonderful people of Venezuela, please read the following document. It is regarding the Venezuelan Parole Program, issued on October 12, 2022.
On Oct. 12, 2022, the United States announced a new process that allows Venezuelan nationals and their immediate family members to come to the United States. This provides a safe and orderly way for nationals of Venezuela who are outside the United States and lack U.S. entry documents to be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for advance authorization to travel and a temporary period of parole for up to 2 years for urgent humanitarian reasons and significant public benefit. To participate in this process, Venezuelan nationals must:
- Have a supporter in the United States;
- Undergo and clear robust security vetting;
- Meet other eligibility criteria; and
- Warrant a favorable exercise of discretion.
Individuals participating in the process must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their parole in the United States.
The first step in the process is for the U.S.-based supporter to file a declaration of financial support (USCIS Form I-134) with the USCIS for each Venezuelan national or immediate family member they seek to support, including minor children. The U.S. government will then vet the supporter to ensure that they are able to financially support the Venezuelan nationals they are agreeing to support.
The followings are Examples of individuals who meet the supporter requirement:
- U.S. citizens and nationals;
- Lawful permanent residents, lawful temporary residents, and conditional permanent residents;
- Non-immigrants in lawful status (who maintain their non-immigrant status and have not violated any of the terms or conditions of their non-immigrant status);
- Asylees, refugees, and parolees;
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders; and
- Beneficiaries of deferred action (including deferred action for childhood arrivals) or DED.
A Venezuelan national (or their immediate family member) who is outside the United States and who may be considered for parole under this process.
Immediate family members in this process include:
- The spouse or common-law partner of a national of Venezuela; and
- Their unmarried child(ren) under the age of 21. NOTE: If a child is under 18, they must be traveling with a parent or legal guardian in order to use this process.
USCIS is only accepting online filing of Form I-134 by individuals agreeing to financially support:
- Ukrainians and their immediate family members as part of Uniting for Ukraine or
- Venezuelans and their immediate family members as part of the process for Venezuelans.
You must be located in the United States to file Form I-134 online. Ukrainians and Venezuelans seeking parole under Uniting for Ukraine or the process for Venezuelans may not file Form I-134 on their own behalf. Supporters must include the name of the beneficiary on Form I-134.
Please, call our office and request a consultation if you have any questions.