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On Oct. 18, 2022, DHS began accepting online applications for the new parole process, which allows Venezuelans who are outside the United States to apply for advance permission to travel to the United States and enter through a grant of parole. While the new program is similar in some respects to the Uniting for Ukraine parole program, there are also significant differences. This FAQ addresses questions about eligibility, the application process, and related issues for Venezuelan clients.

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The advisory also covers various categories of parole and their eligibility criteria, as well as the processes to request these types of parole.

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The current public charge standard applies in different ways to Afghans seeking SIV status, humanitarian parole, asylum, and adjustment of status based on a family-based petition. Recent evacuees may also be eligible for a wider range of public benefits, which could complicate their later proving that they are not likely to become a public charge.

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On August 19, 2019, USCIS issued new policy guidance in its Policy Manual on employment authorization for non-citizens who have been paroled into the United States. The policy guidance states that employment authorization for parolees is discretionary and lays out the factors that should be taken into account when determining whether employment authorization should be granted as a matter of discretion.