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What are the updated temporary stay processes for Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans?

The Department of Homeland Security has implemented revised travel authorization processes for up to 30,000 people from Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua to come to the United States.

On January 6, a safe and legal way was announced for these individuals from the aforementioned countries, including Venezuelans, to effectively arrive in the country in an organized manner. This is particularly true for those who do not have family or job petitions, which are often used in the US immigration system, to have a support person in the United States and allow them to travel by plane. This is because it is very difficult to handle when they enter on foot from Central America, Colombia, Panama, etc. 

Likewise, these people risk their lives, and when they are undocumented in the United States, they complicate their situation.

These individuals may apply for work authorization.

What are the requirements?

In 2023, this immigration issue was not easy. Therefore, it is imperative to know that there must be a support person in the United States who provides financial assistance. The individual does not necessarily have to be a relative, but they will be subject to government approval. Some of the requirements are:

  • Living legally on the territory of the United States
  • Having a temporary stay permit or deferred action
  • Being a citizen or permanent or temporary resident
  • Having TPS or asylum

Once the background check confirms that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, they must fill out the I-134A application online, free of charge. The applicant must be outside the United States, have a valid passport, pay for their ticket, and meet vaccination requirements. The system will tell them what to do once the request is approved. 

Once the person receives the travel authorization, they can arrive in the USA and once their requests are approved, they will receive a temporary stay permit. This will allow them to obtain a job, attend school, and enjoy some other federal benefits. This will allow them to have a stable life in the United States and contribute positively to the economy. They can also take advantage of available resources to improve their situation in the United States. If the person seeks political asylum, they must continue with their process by submitting form I-589. If they meet the other eligibility requirements, then they must provide evidence of persecution in their country of origin. 

How can we help?

At Abogados Centro Legal, we are well-versed in immigration issues and have extensive experience in various cases. If you need more information, you can contact Abogados Centro Legal at 205-940-2233 or schedule a free consultation.


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