Humanitarian parole is used to bring someone who is otherwise inadmissible into the United States for a temporary period of time due to an emergency.
You may apply for humanitarian parole if you have a compelling emergency and there is an urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit to allowing you to temporarily enter the United States. Anyone can file an application for humanitarian parole. If you do not have an urgent humanitarian reason for your visit, you must follow the normal visa issuing procedures set by the Department of State.
You cannot use parole to avoid normal visa-issuing procedures or to bypass immigration procedures.
If you are currently in removal proceedings or have been previously removed from the United States, you must submit your request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Please refer to the Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, Instructions for details.
For more information, visit our Humanitarian or Significant Public Benefit Parole for Individuals Outside the United States page.
How to File
To apply for parole, you must:
- Read the instructions for Form I-131, Application for Travel Document;
- Complete and sign your Form I-131;
- Pay the filing fee for each parole applicant;
- Read the instructions for Form I-134, Affidavit of Support;
- Complete and sign your Form I-134; and
- Include a detailed explanation and evidence of your circumstances.
After You File
Once we receive your Form I-131 and Form I-134, you will receive a:
- Receipt notice confirming that we received your forms;
- Biometric services notice, if applicable;
- Notice to appear for an interview, if required; and
- Notice of our decision.