Effective October 18, 2022 Venezuelans who are outside of the United States and do not possess travel documentation to enter the United States can now obtain a lawful manner to enter the country. Venezuelans can now be considered for a temporary period of parole by obtaining authorization to travel from Venezuela, as announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The temporary period of parole can be for up to two years. During the parole, Venezuelans will be granted work authorization. To qualify for this immigration benefit, applicants have to demonstrate:
- Financial supporter in the United States
- Undergo security and background checks
- Meet certain vaccination requirements
- They cannot enter Panama or Mexico irregularly
- They should only be citizens and residents of Venezuela
- They should not be currently holding a refugee status in another country
Citizens of Venezuela can apply for this process online to have their cases considered. The United States will issue a case-by-case decision. This process aims to be the safest and most effective way to obtain a temporary stay in the United States.
This year, more than 100,000 Venezuelans have crossed the U.S. southern border. This announcement aims to prevent irregular immigration from the US-Mexican border as the U.S. government will not consider citizens of Venezuela for this program if they attempt to irregularly enter the United States.