Recently USCIS issued a fact sheet on humanitarian parole that includes questions and answers and guidelines on filing.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides a number of humanitarian programs and types of protection for individuals in need of shelter and/or aid from disasters, oppression, emergency medical issues and other urgent conditions. Humanitarian parole is one such program.
Humanitarian parole enables an otherwise inadmissible individual to enter the U.S. temporarily
due to a compelling emergency. USCIS may grant humanitarian parole based on urgent,
compelling reasons, or to promote a significant public benefit. This parole does not confer any
permanent immigration status, but does enable a recipient to apply for and receive employment
Humanitarian parole is typically granted for the duration of the emergency or compelling situation at issue. Anyone granted humanitarian parole must depart the U.S. prior to its expiration date or risk negative immigration consequences. It is possible, however, to request while in the U.S., a reparoleof a previously accorded humanitarian parole period.
Anyone can file an application for humanitarian parole, including the prospective parolee, a
sponsoring relative, an attorney, or any other interested individual or organization. Requests for
humanitarian parole may only be accepted for individuals who are outside the U.S.; unless such
request pertains to a re-parole of a prior humanitarian parole granted at USCIS headquarters in
Read the complete FAQ here