Parole

Some noncitizens in immigration detention can request that they be “paroled,” or released, from detention while their cases are pending in immigration court.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the authority to make parole decisions. The factors ICE will consider include whether or not the noncitizen has: proof of his or her identity, a “sponsor” willing to house and financially support him or her, and any criminal history that would make him or her a danger to the community. ICE will also consider whether the noncitizen is eligible to apply for any relief from removal (for example: asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, etc), and how likely she is to ultimately prevail in her claim. ICE may also consider humanitarian factors such as a serious medical condition or history of trauma. Detained noncitizens request parole by submitting a letter and supporting documentation to ICE.

If ICE decides to parole the noncitizen, they can choose to parole the noncitizen on his or her own recognizance, after payment of a bond, or on an “alternative to detention” such as a GPS monitor and/or order of supervision.

The resources on this page will assist pro bono attorneys in drafting parole requests for detained noncitizens.


Sample Filings

Sample Parole Request Letter

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocates Network (RMIAN)

A sample letter requesting parole for a client detained at the Denver Contract Facility in Aurora, CO

Sample Filings

Sample Sponsor Letter for Parole

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocates Network (RMIAN)

A sample of a letter written by a parole sponsor in support of a parole request

Sample Filings

Parole Informational Worksheet

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocates Network (RMIAN)

A worksheet to use when working with parole applicants

Sample Filings

Sample Parole Request Letter

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

A sample letter requesting parole for a client detained at the Elizabeth Detention Facility in Elizabeth, NJ

Practice Guides

Parole from Detention for “Arriving Alien” Asylum Seekers

Immigration Justice Campaign

An overview of the eligibility requirements and factors for parole of “arriving alien” asylum seekers

Sample Filings

Sample Parole Packet

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, Immigration Justice Campaign

A sample parole filing for a detained asylum seeker. Packet includes a list of exhibits in support of the parole request; sample G-28 for detained client; letter to ICE requesting parole; and letter of support from the client’s parole sponsor.

Practice Guides

Checklist of Materials to Submit for Parole Requests

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

A checklist of the documents attorneys should submit in support of requests for parole from detention.

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