Free Immigration Legal Aid in Cook County and Lake County

What is Immigration Parole and Do I Qualify for It? Free Legal Consultation with Experienced Immigration Attorneys. 

Immigration Parole grants temporary authorization allowing an individual to enter or remain in the United States for humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons. It grants entry into the United States but is not the same as legal admission for potential future immigration relief.  The United States offers various forms of immigration-related parole, including Advanced Parole, Humanitarian Parole, and Re-Parole. Parole allows individuals, who may otherwise be inadmissible or ineligible for admission into the United States, permission to enter or remain in the country. North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is dedicated to providing free immigration legal aid to community members seeking parole in north suburban Cook County, IL, and Lake County, IL.  

What is Advance Parole? 

Advance Parole is a travel document that can be requested by certain non-citizen individuals already living in the United States, who would like to request travel authorization to temporarily depart the country. Advance Parole allows individuals to travel and lawfully return to the United States. Request for Advance Parole can be made by filing Form I-131 Application for Travel Document and can be submitted for a future date. Although this application can have significant processing times, an expedited request can be made if an applicant wishes to visit a terminally ill relative or seek medical treatment. 

It is important for applicants to be aware of the risk of leaving the United States and attempting to return as Advance Parole does not guarantee admission to the United States. NSLAC advises all applicants to consult an experienced immigration attorney before applying for travel authorization, to review their specific legal situation. Learn more about Travel Documents HERE. 

What is Humanitarian Parole? 

Humanitarian Parole is a discretionary grant made by the US government, allowing individuals temporary permission to enter the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. This could be due to personal circumstances such as needing urgent medical treatment or visiting a critically ill relative. In addition to individual-specific parole requests, The U.S. offers several country specific programs available for nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Ukraine, in response to prevailing conditions in those countries.  

What is the process to apply for Humanitarian Parole? 

A petitioner living in the United States can apply for a travel authorization document on behalf of a beneficiary individual who is outside the United States. A petitioner must submit a declaration of financial support showing that the petitioner can financially support the beneficiary when they come to the United States. If the beneficiary is approved and comes to the United States with travel authorization, they are then considered a Parolee for the duration of their allowed time. As a Parolee, the individual would have temporary legal status and will not accrue unlawful presence in the United States during their authorized Parole period. Depending on the Parole program admitted under, a Parolee may also be eligible for work authorization and certain public benefits during their parole period. Learn more about Humanitarian Parole HERE 

What is Re-Parole? 

Re-Parole is available for individuals from certain countries who are already in the United States under a Humanitarian Parole program and wish to extend their expiring parole period. In late February 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Re-Parole program for Ukrainian nationals who entered the United States as a Parolee, following the war in Ukraine in February 2022. Under the Ukrainian Re-Parole program, current Parolees can apply to extend their Parole for another two years.  

What are the benefits of applying for Re-Parole? 

 Extending your parole period through Re-Parole can offer several benefits, including 

  • Avoid accruing unlawful presence in the United States during the extended parole period  
  • The opportunity to apply for a work authorization extension for the duration of the new parole period. 
  • Continue to be eligible for certain public benefits during the new parole period.  

For the latest updates of Re-Parole, click HERE

Can NSLAC help me review my Immigration case and determine if I am eligible for Parole? 

Yes, North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic has a diverse and experienced team of immigration attorneys available for free legal aid consultation. They will carefully review your immigration case and help determine if you qualify to file for parole or other potential forms of immigration relief. If you or someone you know needs immigration assistance, please be in touch with NSLAC at 847-737-4042 or email info@nslegalaid.org to review eligibility for our services and to schedule a consultation. NSLAC also offers free legal aid in the areas of domestic violence and housing. 

Parole Mission Moments:  

At North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC), we are proud to share the inspirational stories of those who have successfully obtained Parole, showcasing resilience, determination, and the transformative power of NSLAC’s free legal aid.  

A Granddaughter’s Journey of Love Beyond Borders 

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