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Who We Serve - Cuban/Haitian entrants

Published: October 2, 2012

Cubans and Haitians who have a current or expired parole, who are in pending removal proceedings, or who have a pending application for asylum are Cuban/Haitian Entrants and thus are eligible for ORR benefits and services, same as a refugee.

Legal definition
Cuban and Haitian entrants are defined as (a) Any individual granted parole status (by DHS) as a Cuban/Haitian Entrant (Status Pending) or granted any other special status subsequently established under the immigration laws for nationals of Cuba or Haiti, regardless of the status of the individual at the time assistance or services are provided and (b) Any other national of Cuba or Haiti (1) Who:(i) was paroled into the United States and has not acquired any other status under the INA;(ii) is the subject of exclusion or deportation proceedings under the INA; or (iii) has an application for asylum pending with (DHS); and (2) With respect to whom a final, non-appealable, and legally enforceable order of deportation or exclusion has not been entered. 45 CFR § 401.2. Cuban and Haitian Entrants, along with Cubans in certain other categories, are after one year in the U.S. eligible to apply for adjustment of status, at which time when a full medical exam would be required by USCIS.

View status and documentation requirements for Cuban/Haitian Entrants

Last Reviewed: October 12, 2015