Humanitarian parole is an entry granted to certain non-citizens due to a compelling emergency or urgent humanitarian reasons who would otherwise be ineligible for admission to the U.S. This can include groups of individuals seeking shelter or aid from disasters, oppression, emergency medical issues, or other urgent circumstances. A person can also apply for one-time entry for a specific purpose, such as obtaining medical treatment, visiting an ill family member, attending a family member’s funeral, or testifying in a U.S. court case.

Asylum protection is a legal status granted to certain individuals who demonstrate they have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted in their home country, either by the government of their home country or by some person or group that the government of their home country cannot protect them from.