In an April 11, 2022, news report, 9,926 Ukrainians were provided with parole status and allowed to enter the United States. This follows a statement provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 31 that the U.S. would help protect Ukrainians fleeing from the war in their country by giving them “Temporary Protected Status (TPS)” (otherwise known as “parole status”) for 18 months. TPS allows them to stay within the country and apply for employment authorization in the United States.
As a parallel effort, DHS is also working on expanding the ability of these refugees to seek legal status permanently. For example, those who cannot return to Ukraine for fear of persecution may apply for asylum.
What is parole status or TPS?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to grant “parole” status to noncitizens to allow them entry into the United States for a temporary period. Parole status provides individuals who would otherwise not qualify an opportunity to enter the United States under a temporary status. Parole is only granted if the DHS determines urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons to support entry exist.
Parole status does not provide the individual with immigration status, nor are they considered “admitted” into the United States for purposes of immigration law. While any individual may apply for parole, the U.S. government has created specific programs throughout history to help identified groups of people more easily seek refuge status within our borders.
How does the parole process work?
According to the DHS, there are four primary steps within the program:
- Parole is reviewed on a case-by-case basis by an agency under DHS, and the burden of proof is placed on the applicant to establish that parole should be authorized.
- If parole is authorized, the agency authorizing parole will specify the duration parole may last, tailored to accomplish the purpose of the parole.
- Parole ends on the date it is set to expire, when the beneficiary departs the United States, or when the individual acquires an immigration status.
- DHS may revoke parole at any time if it is no longer warranted or the beneficiary violates the conditions of the parole.
How can someone apply for parole?
The USCIS has complete information about qualifications and filing instructions on their website at this link:
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