October 19, 2022
On October 12, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new pathway for eligible Venezuelan nationals to request travel authorization to the United States due to urgent humanitarian reasons. On October 18, 2022, USCIS provided additional details about the application process. If approved, Venezuelan nationals would be permitted to fly to the U.S. to seek admission at an airport U.S. port of entry for a temporary period of parole for up to 2-years. After entering the U.S., beneficiaries of the program may also apply for employment authorization.
To be considered for advance authorization to travel to the United States under this process, a beneficiary must:
The October 12th announcement from DHS also emphasized that this new program was contingent upon the expanded and continued cooperation with Mexico to use Title 42 to expel Venezuelan nationals attempting to enter the U.S. at the Southern border back to Mexico. Title 42 is a controversial policy, originally implemented early in the Covid-19 pandemic by the Trump Administration, which invokes U.S. health law to expel migrants on public health grounds without a hearing and greatly curtails the ability of migrants to seek asylum at the border—which would be otherwise permitted under U.S. law. Although the Biden administration previously sought to end the use of Title 42, a court order has held the program in place. With the announcement of this program, the Biden administration now seems to embrace this controversial policy.
If you would like assistance in filing as a Beneficiary or U.S.-based support in the Process for Venezuelans program, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
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