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Immigration Parole Reform Act of 2023: Enhancing Integrity and Clarity

The Immigration Parole Reform Act of 2023 proposes reforms aimed at restoring integrity to immigration parole and ensuring compliance with congressional intent. Key provisions of the act include:

  • Clarifying the eligibility criteria for parole, stating that it cannot be granted based on broad categories but should be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Specifying that parole should generally be granted to individuals who are not present in the United States, with limited exceptions.
  • Clearly defining the criteria for “urgent humanitarian reasons” or “significant public benefit” that justify granting parole.
  • Establishing guidelines for the “case-by-case” consideration of parole requests.
  • Clarifying that parole cannot be used as a pathway to obtain permanent resident status or other immigration benefits unless the individual already has a qualifying immigration status.
  • Stating that granting parole to an alien after departure from the United States does not constitute admission to the country.
  • Restricting employment authorization for parolees, with limited exceptions.
  • Setting a maximum time period for parole, based on the length necessary to accomplish the intended purpose or a maximum of one year.
  • Allowing only one extension of the initial grant of parole, limited to the time necessary to fulfill the intended purpose or up to one year.
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