On January 6, 2023, the U.S. government announced a new advance parole process for people from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela who hope to come to the United States and apply for asylum.
However, as discussed in our previous blog posts, you must already be INSIDE the U.S. in order to apply for asylum. You CANNOT apply from your home country.
Here are some ways that you could come to the United States.
Do you have a valid U.S. Visa?
If you already have a visa to enter the United States, you can simply use that visa. However, most people do not have visas that will allow them to travel to the United States.
Problems with Title 42
In the past, people could claim asylum by crossing a border into the United States. However, the Biden administration has stopped this with Title 42, a series of Public Health and Welfare laws.
Due to COVID-19, the U.S. government will deny people entry into the United States at borders. The United States Border Patrol will simply put people back into Mexico.
The Biden administration has said that Title 42 will end in May 2023, but this does NOT necessarily mean you will be able to enter through a border at that time. The government has stated it will still turn away migrants at the border with new laws.
New Advance Parole 2023
The United States government is hoping that rather than just showing up at the border, people will apply for something called Advanced Parole. The new advance parole process in 2023 will allow someone to enter the U.S. lawfully and apply for asylum.
However, this ONLY applies to the countries of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela as of April 11, 2023. This also will NOT apply to other immigration statuses, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
If you are approved for this new advance parole you can:
During the two years that someone is allowed to stay in the U.S., that person has time to figure out a way to stay permanently in the United States, including applying for asylum.
Please follow these links to learn more about the new 2023 advance parole program for Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Last updated: 04-11-2023
Immigration law is always changing. We will do our best to keep our website as up-to-date as possible, but the latest information might be more readily available at USCIS.gov. These pages were written to help you better understand your legal options, however, none of the information published by Catholic Charities Milwaukee should be considered legal advice. If you plan to open your own immigration case, hire an immigration attorney to consult you personally.