Miami residents might be interested to learn about a man who was recently approved for a humanitarian visa. Born in Mexico, the man was brought to the United States by his family when he was 2 years old. Although the man was previously granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, he effectively deported himself when he took his dying mother back to Mexico.
Individuals who receive immigration relief through DACA are not allowed to travel outside of the country without approval from the U.S. government. Despite this consequence, the man chose to travel to Mexico with his mother in an effort to seek treatment for her cancer. After she passed away in August, he was unable to return to the U.S. because he had not sought government approval for his trip.
While living in his grandparents’ home on the outskirts of Mexico City, the man’s story was published in the Associated Press. Within hours of the story being published, the man’s lawyer received a letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service informing the man that he was approved for a conditional two-year parole. After receiving the news, the man’s attorney said that he was planning to be back in the U.S. within a few days.
Immigration law may be complicated and difficult to understand. An immigrant who has been granted conditional residency might want to speak with an immigration attorney regarding his or her ability to travel in and out of the U.S. An attorney might be able to prepare documents as well as advocate a client’s case to gain approval for a trip outside of the country.
Source: FOX News Latino, “U.S. grants visa for Harvard junior and DACA immigrant stuck in Mexico after mom’s death”, October 14, 2014