Humanitarian Parole Visa – Case Study

Client’s Issue or Problem

Canadian client has been travelling for many years without any issue into the US. He required travel for mainly business reasons but had occasionally visited as a pleasure visitor as well. The Client was, one day while crossing into the US, pulled into secondary inspection by the CBP officer. After being intensely questioned, it was determined that Client was inadmissible due to a possession of marijuana conviction from more than 20 years ago.

The Client was completely unaware that the conviction made him inadmissible as he had never had a problem crossing previously, and the conviction entailed the Client simply to pay a fine. Client was told that he would need an approved waiver to go into the US. The problem was the time needed for the waiver processing as it was currently 6 to 8 months and the Client had to be in the US in a matter of days for business reasons.

Our Solution (Type of Visa/Action Recommended, What We Did)

Client hired us to assist with a waiver application as well as a Humanitarian Parole. The waiver if approved will be valid for multiple entries and is typically valid for a particular duration of time, of up to five (5) years.

The Humanitarian Parole application will be made through a Port-of-Entry and will stipulate why there is a humanitarian element for the Client requiring to go to the US on an urgent basis. We demonstrated as best as possible, the importance of the Client’s travels to the US on humanitarian reasons.


Client received a long term Humanitarian Parole on two occasions and his waiver was subsequently approved.

About Fadi Minawi

Fadi primarily practices in US Immigration Law. He assists with matters relating to business immigration (including: relocation, expansion, investments, and work visas), litigation, admissibility issues, customs forfeitures and other cross-border issues. Fadi is also a criminal defense attorney and can assist with criminal matters in the US. Read more

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