With the new parole program you can sponsor a family member in Cuba

With the new parole program you can sponsor a family member in Cuba

HAVANA, Jan. 9th  People interested in sponsoring migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela who have been affected by the new immigration measures announced by President Biden this week will be able to apply as sponsors starting this week.

To request the parole humanitarian law that would grant the migrant a legal path to remain in the United States for up to two years, the sponsor must complete Form I-134A online.

Sponsors may submit forms for more than one person, but a separate application must be submitted for each beneficiary, including minor children. Please note that there is no cost to apply.

Who can be a sponsor in the program parole for Cubans?

The sponsor does not need to be a relative of the beneficiary, but must meet the following requirements established by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

▪ Must be a US citizen, national or legal resident. You may also have legal status in the United States, such as Temporary Protected Status or asylum; or have parole or receive deferred action or Deferred Compulsory Departure.

▪ Submit a criminal background check, for public safety, national security, and human trafficking.

▪ Demonstrate sufficient financial resources to receive, maintain, and support the person(s) you agree to support for the duration of the parole.

People wait in a park to be called by the US embassy on the day of its reopening of visas and consular services in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco) Ismael Francisco PA

What must the sponsor provide in Miami and the US?

Once the sponsor has submitted their application, USCIS will examine the information to verify that the person can financially support the beneficiary, before continuing with the immigration process.

Sponsors must be able to receive, maintain and support the beneficiary throughout the duration of the parole.

Here is a list of some examples of the types of support that beneficiaries may need, according to USCIS:

▪ Meet the beneficiary upon arrival in the United States and transport him to the initial accommodation.

▪ Ensure that the beneficiary has safe and adequate housing for the duration of their probation and initial basic needs.

▪ Help the beneficiary complete necessary paperwork, such as employment authorization, Social Security card, and services for which they may be eligible.

▪ Provide for the medical and health care needs of the beneficiary for the duration of probation.

▪ Help the beneficiary access education, learn English, secure employment, and enroll children in school.

If USCIS confirms a sponsor, the beneficiary will receive an email from the agency specifying instructions on the next steps in the sponsorship process.

The program parole was created last October, but at that time it only benefited the citizens of Venezuela. With the current changes, the Biden administration seeks to allow up to 30,000 migrants from the four countries to come monthly to live and work in the United States for up to two years.