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Q: For new Jan, 2023 "parole" immigration program for Nicaraguans; can a US tourist visa holder qualify as a candidate?

The "parole" program for nationals of Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela and Nicaragua allows up to a two year term in the USA and the possibility of permission to work during that period if the candidate is currently located in one of the above countries, while a US tourist visa allows a US visit for a significantly shorter time and no permission to work. There is some unofficial comment that any US visa holder, including a US tourist visa, would NOT qualify as a program candidate, which does not seem consistent with the intent of the program. Would it make any difference if the principal candidate "head of family" has no current US visa and it is only his spouse that does, even though an individual petition must be submitted for each family member participating in the program? Or is there no such guidelines yet for this new program?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The new Jan 2023 "parole" immigration program for Nicaraguans is still relatively new, and the specific guidelines and eligibility requirements for the program have not been fully established. It is possible that holders of a US tourist visa could be eligible for the program, but it ultimately depends on the specific requirements set forth by the program once they are established. It is important to keep in mind that the current political climate and policies can also impact eligibility for such programs. It may be helpful to consult with an immigration attorney or the relevant government agency for further guidance and information as the program develops.

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