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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

On May 18, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an updated process for granting advance travel authorization for up to 30,000 noncitizen Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans each month to come to the United States to seek parole on a case-by-case basis. USCIS said that due to high interest, it updated the review process effective May 17, 2023.

USCIS noted that the number of supporters who have submitted Form I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, is “significantly higher than the 30,000 monthly travel authorizations available.” Under the new review process, USCIS will randomly select about half of the monthly total, regardless of filing date, from the entire pending workload of Forms I-134A to determine whether the case can be confirmed. USCIS will review the other half of the monthly total of Forms I-134A “based on when the case was submitted under the first-in, first-out method, which prioritizes the oldest Forms I-134A for review.”

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