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New Process for Venezuelans to Enter U.S.

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a new pathway for some Venezuelans to obtain temporary lawful status in the U.S., while at the same time expanding the use of Title 42 to immediately expel Venezuelans arriving at the border.

This new process for Venezuelans will allow up to 24,000 Venezuelan nationals to obtain advance authorization to travel to the U.S. and then stay in the U.S. for a temporary period of parole for up to 2 years. To be eligible to participate, individuals must have a supporter in the U.S. willing and able to receive and support the individual, pass a security screening, and meet other basic eligibility criteria. More detailed information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the USCIS Process for Venezuelans webpage.

While the decision to grant parole to some Venezuelans will certainly help some individuals, the continued operation of the program is conditioned on the expanded use of Title 42 to immediately expel any Venezuelans arriving at the border. Prior to this policy shift, most Venezuelans arriving at the border were able to enter immigration court proceedings in the U.S. to seek asylum. Now, however, the majority of Venezuelans arriving at the border will be turned away and expelled without any opportunity to seek protection in the form of asylum.

If you have any questions regarding this new process for Venezuelans, or would like assistance in helping a friend or family member access this program, please contact our office.

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