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U.S. changes Venezuelan immigration procedures

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2022 | Firm News

Venezuelans outside the United States have an online process they can follow to get legal entry into Texas or other parts of the United States. The streamlined process will allow up to 24,000 people from Venezuela to enter the country legally and quickly. The program’s design is to stop Venezuelan immigrants from illegally crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, as a record number have done in 2022. If they try and law enforcement apprehends them, officials can remove them from the United States under Title 42, and they are no longer eligible for the program.

What is the Venezuelan immigration process?

Individuals in the United States must start the process by filing Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services stating that they will sponsor a person from Venezuela. Once approved, the individual in Venezuela must have a legal passport for international travel, pay for a commercial trip to the United States and pass a security background check. Once in the United States, they will meet with immigration officials. The officials can choose to grant them a two-year parole, allowing them to work legally in the United States.

Why is the government changing the Venezuelan immigration program?

There are several reasons for the new program’s implementation, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Individuals from Venezuela make up an increasing number of the people wanting to enter the United States illegally at the Southern border. The United States entered a program seeking to manage immigration across the Northern Hemisphere because many individuals wishing to cross illegally migrated across Columbia, Costa Rico and Mexico. Immigration officials also say the program will help those with humanitarian needs that people in the United States can fulfill.

The policy is already in effect, so consider its implications for your family.