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Case Status Update: Humanitarian Parole Granted

Humanitarian Parole Approved: Today, we received approval for a humanitarian parole travel document that will allow our Client, (hereinafter, Client "X"), to enter the United States to see her dying father.

X is a native and citizen of the Phillipines. Her father is a U.S. Citizen who lives in the United States and suffers from a fatal renal disease. X has not seen her father in over 3 years because he has been very sick and unable to travel. Knowing that her father does not have much time left, X attempted to obtain a B1/B2 Visitor Visa to enter the U.S. to see her father, but the U.S. Embassy in Manila denied her visa request, stating that they did not believe that she would return back to the Phillipines after her visit.

After the denial, X's father retained The Shapiro Law Firm and we filed an application for a humanitarian parole travel document based on urgent humanitarian need. In order to receive humanitarian parole, you must show:

1. The circumstances regarding why you need to enter the U.S. are time-sensitive;

2. The effect of the circumstances on your welfare and well-being, and;

3. The degree of suffering that may result if parole is not authorized.

Humanitarian Parole is very difficult to obtain since the U.S. government is concerned that it will be used to circumvent the normal visa process. As a result, it is not enough to just show that you want to see a sick family member, you need to provide evidence that your family member is suffering from an life-ending illness AND that it is near the end of the life stage.

Accordingly, we presented evidence that X's father was nearing the end of his life as per the medical diagnosis, that X's stepmom would financially support X during her visit and that she did try to obtain a regular visitor visa recently to visit her father but was denied.

We are very happy that X will now get to say goodbye to her father in person and should be arriving in the U.S. this week.

**If you need help obtaining humanitarian parole for yourself or someone who is currently outside the United States, contact an experienced immigration attorney at The Shapiro Law Firm today to get started!**

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