USCIS Announces End of Parole Program in Moscow Questions and Answers
Released July 12, 2011
U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer is offering parole to Lautenberg category members who are denied refugee status in Moscow. Individuals who have been offered parole by USCIS in Moscow must make plans to arrive in the United States by Sept. 30, 2011.
A provision of the Lautenberg Amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act allows certain individuals who are paroled into the United States after being denied refugee status to adjust to lawful permanent resident status after being physically present in the United States for one year. Within the Moscow program, this provision is limited to only those refugee applicants from countries that made up the former Soviet Union, who meet the Lautenberg criteria. Congress has not extended this Lautenberg Amendment provision, which expires with respect to any category members paroled after Sept. 30, 2011.
Questions and Answers
Q1. Why has USCIS stopped authorizing parole to this group of individuals?
Q2. What happens to someone who is denied refugee status and is not authorized parole?
Q3. What if I have been authorized parole as a Lautenberg category member, but I have not traveled to the U.S.?
Q4. What happens if I have been authorized parole, but I cannot get to the United States by Sept. 30, 2011?
Q5. What if all my family members are not ready to travel by Sept. 30, 2011? Can I enter the United States and return for my family later?
Q6. What if there has been a change to my family circumstance since the interview, such as a new baby or my child has turned 21 years of age?
Q7. What happens if I don’t have valid, updated security checks?
Q8. What will happen if I do not submit the Affidavit of Support or medical clearance in time to travel to the United States before Sept. 30, 2011?
Q9. I was authorized parole earlier this year but did not submit a Request for Review (RFR) because I intended to travel to the United States with parole authorization. However, I am not able to travel to the United States by Sept. 30, 2011. May I file a Request for Review even though it is past the 90-day window for filing?
Q10. Who should I contact if I have questions or problems concerning my case or the process I need to complete to travel?
Q11. What are the steps I need to follow to be able to travel to the United States?
Q12. What if I am having trouble obtaining the Affidavit of Support from a sponsor in the United States?
Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/12/2011