The Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitians and Cubans who have been interdicted at sea after April 27, 2023, will be ineligible for the parole process implemented in January 2023.

As described in the January 2023 notice, to be eligible, individuals must: (1) have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide financial support for the duration of the beneficiary’s parole period; (2) pass national security and public safety vetting; (3) fly at their own expense to an interior port of entry (POE), rather than entering at a land POE; and (4) possess a valid, unexpired passport. 

In addition to the amendment above rendering those interdicted at sea ineligible, individuals are ineligible for this process if they have been ordered removed from the United States within the prior five years; have entered unauthorized into Mexico or Panama after January 9, 2023; have entered unauthorized into the United States between POEs after January 9, 2023 (except for individuals permitted a single instance of voluntary departure or withdrawal of their application for admission to still maintain their eligibility for this process); or are otherwise deemed not to merit a favorable exercise of discretion.

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