The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a new process to allow up to 24,000 qualifying Venezuelans to safely travel to the U.S. via parole.

Key Points:

  • As of Oct. 12, qualifying Venezuelan nationals will be able to apply to temporarily live in the U.S. and apply for work authorization if they:
    • Have a supporter in the U.S. who will provide financial and other support.
    • Pass biometric and biographic national security and public safety screening and vetting.
    • Have received required vaccinations and meet other health requirements.
  • Venezuelan nationals will be ineligible for the new entry process if they:
    • Have been ordered to be removed from the U.S. in the past five years.
    • Crossed between ports of entry without authorization after Oct. 12.
    • Irregularly entered Mexico or Panama after Oct. 12.
    • Are a permanent resident or dual national of any country other than Venezuela or hold refugee status in another country.
  • Venezuelans should not travel to Mexico to enter the U.S., DHS stated. Venezuelan nationals who cross the southern between ports of entry will be returned to Mexico.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide additional information on the new entry process for Venezuelan nationals on this website in the coming days.

BAL Analysis: DHS introduced the new entry process for Venezuelan nationals to reduce the number of people arriving at the U.S.’s southwest border and create a safer process for those fleeing the humanitarian and economic crisis in Venezuela. DHS described this process as “derived from the success of the Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) program.”

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