DHS Implements New Processes for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans and Eliminates Cap for Venezuelans

On January 5th, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new process that will provide Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans who are outside of the U.S., a safe, lawful and streamlined way to come to the U.S. by air and work temporarily. At the same time, DHS announced the elimination of the numerical cap for a similar process for Venezuelans that was announced in October 2022.

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • a qualifying national of one of the three countries
  • coming from outside the U.S. and
  • lacking U.S. entry documents. a safe and lawful way for qualifying Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans

DHS also announced the application will be a fully online process and individuals will be considered on a case-by-case basis for temporary period of parole for up to two years, provided that they:

  • Have a supporter in the U.S. who will provide financial and other support;
  • Undergo and clear robust security vetting;
  • Meet other eligibility criteria; and
  • Warrant a favorable exercise of discretion.

DHS will begin implementing these new processes for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans on Jan. 6, 2023. For additional information on the process and eligibility requirements, please see the Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans page.

DHS strongly encourages Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans seeking entry in the U.S. who do not have and are not eligible for a visa to instead seek entry via this process, as this will be the safest and most effective way to pursue a temporary stay in the United States. Individuals complete the process electronically and should not approach the border to access this process.

Effective immediately, U.S.-based individuals may submit Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, on behalf of named nationals of Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua to come to the U.S.

There is no application fee for the Form I-134A or participation in this process.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at info@poonahimmigrationlaw.com for further information.