New USA entry options for
Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans
Updated as of May 17, 2023
The USCIS is updating the review process due to a high number of supporters submitting Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter, and Declaration of Financial Support, exceeding the available monthly travel authorizations of 30,000. The aim is to ensure a fair and equal opportunity for all Form I-134A beneficiaries to proceed with the process and request advance travel authorization.
Starting from May 17, the new review process randomly selects approximately half of the monthly total of Form I-134A cases from the entire pending workload, disregarding the filing date, to determine their confirmation. The remaining half of the monthly total will be reviewed based on the submission date, following a first-in, first-out approach that prioritizes the oldest Forms I-134A for assessment.
It is important for potential supporters not to submit duplicate Form I-134A applications for the same beneficiary. USCIS will not accept duplicate forms if a previously submitted Form I-134A between the same potential supporter and beneficiary is still pending. However, if a supporter believes they meet the requirements to be a supporter under the process and their Form I-134A is not confirmed, they can file a new form and provide additional evidence.
Due to these updates in the review process, processing times may vary.
Updated as of Jan. 25, 2023
CHNV is the new special parole program for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans.
On Jan. 24, 2023, 20 republican-led states sued the Biden Administration about CHNV.
The lawsuit can be found here: https://www.scribd.com/document/621691479/GOP-state-lawsuit-on-humanitarian-parole-program#.
The judge on the case is Tipton. He is known as conservative and known for ruling against programs that support immigration.
What does this mean right now? Nothing changes immediately. You can continue to file applications under CHNV.
However, the program could possibly be paused or stopped by judicial court order in the near future. This means that you may want to file applications as quickly as possible. This also means that people with approved Travel Authorizations should be encouraged to travel as quickly as possible.
As announced today by President Biden, DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) has announced a new process to allow the legal and safe entry of qualified Haitian, Nicaraguans, Cubans, and Venezuelans if they have a qualified U.S. sponsor. This is extremely big news! The applicants will need to undergo security clearances and the U.S. sponsor needs to initiate the process. The U.S. sponsor must agree to provide financial support for the duration of the person’s stay in the USA. The beneficiary will receive work authorization so that they can also support themselves and any qualified family members they are allowed to bring with them. Medical screenings for the applicants will also be required upon arrival to the USA.
If you have a person you wish to sponsor who is a citizen of any of these countries, please contact our office immediately to set up a screening appointment.
We offer free screenings to determine eligibility and then we can provide you with a quote to assist you and provide you with guidance on the documentation required and how to submit your case with USCIS online.
There is an urgency here because they are only going to allow 30,000 applicants per month, so it will be first come first serve!
This is being done to cut down on the number of migrants arriving at our border who have in many cases traveled a treacherous journey fleeing these four countries. A similar program has already been in place for certain nationals from Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Venezuela. The previous Venezuelan program has resulted in significant reductions of Venezuelans arriving at the border. This will ensure the safe and orderly arrival of foreign nationals from these four countries who are willing and able to work and live in the USA for a limited time period of up to 2 years. The potential for a renewal of this 2-year period may be possible.
We look forward to working with our clients to process the safe entry of individuals they may wish to sponsor to come to the USA.
Click on the Free Screening link on our website to book a call and find out if you are eligible to be a U.S. sponsor.