What Is Parole Status

Humanitarian Parole

An individual who is not eligible to come to the United States as a refugee, immigrant or a non-immigrant may be “paroled” into the United States by the U.S. Attorney General. This special provision of the immigration law is used very sparingly for emergency, humanitarian and public interest reasons.

An individual who is paroled into theUnited Statesis known as a “parolee.”

The decision to parole an individual for emergency or humanitarian reasons is made on a case-by-case basis to permit entry in the U.S. for medical treatment, attendance at funerals and other exceptionally serious reasons. In such cases, parole is issued for a specific period of time, and the parolee is expected to depart once the emergency situation ceases to exist or the purpose for which parole was granted is accomplished.