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January 31, 2024

Legal Pathways to Enter the U.S.

Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans

DHS has announced processes through which nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and their immediate family members, may request to come to the United States in a safe and orderly way. Qualified beneficiaries who are outside the United States and lack U.S. entry documents may be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for advanced authorization to travel and a temporary period of parole for up to two years for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. To participate, eligible beneficiaries must:

  • Have a supporter in the United States;
  • Undergo and clear robust security vetting;
  • Meet other eligibility criteria; and
  • Warrant a favorable exercise of discretion.

Individuals participating in these processes must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their parole in the United States. The first step in the process is for the U.S.-based supporter to file a Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS for each beneficiary they seek to support, including minor children. The U.S. government will then review the supporter information provided in the Form I-134A to ensure that they are able to financially support the beneficiaries they are agreeing to support.

See below for additional information on the processes and country specific eligibility requirements. Additional information is also available on our Frequently Asked Questions About the Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans page.

‘Safe Mobility’ initiative

The United States government has announced the expansion of lawful pathways to the United States for refugees and migrants in South and Central America.

Through the ‘Safe Mobility’ initiative, eligible refugees and migrants will be considered for humanitarian and other regular pathways to the United States or other countries that may offer such opportunities. Individuals seeking to go to the United States, or other countries participating in the program, should take advantage of these safe and lawful processes.

The United States is establishing Safe Mobility Offices in partner countries in South and Central America, which will serve to direct refugees and migrants to lawful pathways and help them avoid the risks associated with onward movement. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and other partners are supporting this process.