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USCIS issues guidance on discretionary employment authorization for parolees

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 19, 2019

    In Policy Alert PA-2019-04, USCIS addresses discretion on granting employment authorization to foreign nationals paroled into the United States. The guidance focuses on how officers granting authorization should consider relevant factors on a case-by-case basis, but provides a list of positive and negative factors to be considered. [ID #767]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Aug. 19, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    July 15, 2020

    In Policy Alert PA-2020-10, USCIS consolidates existing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding officers’ application of discretion in adjudications

    2020.07.15 Applying Discretion in USCIS Adjudications
  4. Biden Administration Action

    August 12, 2021

    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On August 12, 2021, USCIS issued Policy Alert PA-2021-18 rescinding Trump-era guidance in the Policy Manual addressing USCIS’ discretion to grant employment authorization to noncitizens paroled into the United States.

    USCIS Policy Alert Rescinding Guidance on Discretionary Employment Authorization for Parolees

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