As of May 17, 2023, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the review process for applications for parole filed on behalf of Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans filed by their U.S. sponsors, due to high interest in these processes.

The U.S. government is currently granting advance travel authorization for up to 30,000 noncitizens each month to come to the United States to seek parole on a case-by-case basis. 

The updating of the review process is because the number of supporters who have submitted Form I-134A is significantly higher than the 30,000 monthly travel authorizations available. It is intended to maintain a meaningful and equitable opportunity for all beneficiaries of a Form I-134A to move forward through the process and seek advance travel authorization.

Under the new review process, USCIS will randomly select about half of the monthly total, regardless of filing date, from the entire pending workload of Form I-134A to determine whether the case can be confirmed. The other half of the monthly filed Forms I-134A will be processed based on when the case was submitted under the first-in, first-out method, which prioritizes the oldest Forms I-134A for review.

Potential supporters must not submit a duplicate Form I-134A for the same beneficiary. USCIS will not accept a duplicate Form I-134A if a previously submitted Form I-134A between the same potential supporter and beneficiary is pending. Just in cases where USCIS do not confirm a Form I-134A, but a supporter believes they meet the requirements to be a supporter under the process, they may file a new Form I-134A and submit additional information as evidence.

Under this updated review process, processing times will vary. Potential supporters may monitor the status of a Form I-134A they filed in their USCIS Online Account or check the most recent status in the Case Status online. The USCIS Contact Center is not able to provide information on these cases.