Humanitarian Parole For Venezuelans (Form I-134)
Updated: Dec 9, 2022
On October 12, 2022, the U.S. Government initiated a new process to help Venezuelans and their families come to the country in a safe and orderly manner. Through this process, Venezuelans who are outside the country can request and obtain an humanitarian parole, or in other words permission to come to the U.S. legally. In order to be eligible for parole, applicants must:
possess Venezuelan nationality, or be an immediate family member of someone who possesses Venezuelan nationality;
have a financial sponsor in the U.S..; and
pass security and background checks.
Many Venezuelans who are already inside the U.S. can help their family and friends outside the country obtain humanitarian parole by sponsoring them financially. To qualify as a sponsor, you must
be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have legal nonimmigrant status (such as TPS or asylum); or in other words you must have permission to work legally in the country;
have sufficient income to be able to support the beneficiary financially (unofficially, the government is basing the income amount requirement on the HHS Poverty Guidelines found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-864p)
The first step in applying for humanitarian parole requires the sponsor to submit Form I-134 Declaration of Financial Support. The purpose of this form is to request that the government confirm that the person qualifies as a sponsor. In addition to completing the form, sponsors must submit documents that prove their immigration status and their income and assets. Below is the list of documents and evidence that must be submitted in order to qualify as a sponsor:
When the I-134 is approved, applicants/beneficiaries can immediately apply for permission to come to the U.S. Entering the country with Humanitarian Parole constitutes a legal entry that offers legal status for 2 years, and allows beneficiaries to apply for a work permit the moment they arrive in the U.S.
Venezuelans who manage to enter the country with Humanitarian Parole can also apply to adjust their status and obtain permanent residence if they have immediate family who are U.S. citizens, including spouses of citizens and parents of adult children over 21 who are citizens.
If you have any question about the humanitarian parole process for Venezuelans, or need help completing the I-134 form, please contact our office by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.