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Parole In The Public Interest for Some Nationals of The Former USSR, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

The U.S. Congress has again extended the validity of Public Law 101-67, a provision commonly known as the Specter Amendment (formerly Lautenberg Amendment). Under this provision, Aparole in the public interest@ is offered to some nationals of the former Soviet Union, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. These parolees may apply for green cards if they were paroled into the U.S. during the period of August 15, 1988 through September 30, 2001 (as extended), after being denied refugee status.

The Affidavit of Support
Before an individual can be granted parole status, a friend or relative must submit an Affidavit of Support, using USCIS form I-134, to ensure that the parolee will have adequate means of financial support and will not become a public charge while in the United States. The affidavit of support should be prepared by an individual whose income will be sufficient (according to federal poverty guidelines) to support him/herself and all dependents, as well as the person(s) coming as a parolee. A bona fide offer of employment by an established U.S. employer may substitute for an I-134.

Employment Authorization
Public interest parolees are eligible to apply for work authorization. Upon arrival, the parolee should apply for an Employment Authorization Document, using USCIS form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, together with the current fee. Persons admitted as parolees for humanitarian or emergency reasons are not eligible for employment authorization.

Benefits of Parole Status