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What benefits and assistance can Venezuelans with humanitarian parole receive from the US?

Hundreds of Venezuelans are already in the United States under the new United States Humanitarian Parole Program and can access various government services over a two-year period. parole,

According to data from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as of 31 October, more than 3,800 Venezuelans had received approval to travel to the United States and 490 had entered the country legally. The Joe Biden administration limited entry to 24,000 Venezuelans in the program.

These are some of the services Venezuelans can access when they immigrate to the US parole,

work permit

Once they are allowed entry into the country at a US airport, Venezuelans admitted through the parole program are eligible to apply for a work permit on the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) platform. The related form is I-765, and its filing cost is $410. This will enable them to get a job during the tenure of two years parole,

social Security card

with Venezuela parole Humanitarians can obtain a Social Security Number (SSN), which is used to report their wages to the government and determine eligibility for Social Security benefits, According to USCIS.

One of the ways to achieve this is through the work authorization form, in section 2. Once work authorization is granted, USCIS will send the data to the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the SSA will assign and issue you an SSN. you a card.

Another way is to apply for SSN SSA website, After obtaining the employment permit.

access to the medical plan market

Available from the federal government and many states online market Planning to buy medical insurance. The markets offer two types of coverage, one that you must pay for and get a tax credit or coverage through Medicaid, which is designed to help provide health care for people with limited resources, as well as children’s health insurance. It is a federal program of the US government. Program (CHIP), both funded by Govt.

CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children from families whose income is too high to receive Medicaid, but who still cannot afford private health insurance.

Costs and plans vary according to people’s income and the state they live in.

“In some cases, Venezuelan children under the age of 19 who come to the US under the humanitarian parole program will be eligible for CHIP or Medicaid, but this will depend on the state,” a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. Said (CMS). voice of america,

Venezuelan adults cannot access Medicaid benefits because they are required to wait five years to be eligible after being granted humanitarian “parole,” which expires in two years. Although people under 21 and pregnant May be eligible for full Medicaid benefits according to CMS.

“It may be Medicaid if they qualify according to each state’s requirements, which is more complicated to determine. However, the cost of a private policy with the tax credit may be zero. It all depends on their income level.” is”, he explained visa on arrival Maria Diaz, president of the Venezuelan American Alliance, a Miami-based organization that helps Venezuelans in the US.

food assistance

Some Venezuelans under humanitarian ‘parole’ can access the benefits of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as the food stamp program.

In the case of WIC, applicants “must meet basic eligibility criteria, including category (pregnant, postpartum or lactating woman, infant or child up to age 5), income, residence, and identity,” she explained. visa on arrival Spokesperson for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Special populations, including displaced or homeless people, have additional flexibility to meet these eligibility requirements,” the spokesperson said.

State Agencies Available telephone number To apply for service wherever you are.

For him crackle only with venezuela parole who are under the age of 18, blind or disabled. This benefit has been requested in Agencies corresponding to each state.

job search assistance

The Welcome.US initiative, which seeks to encourage Americans to sponsor through Venezuela parolehas a portal available for the beneficiaries in which it connects them with job opportunities and companies looking for migrants like them.

via welcome employment officeRecipients will be able to find open positions at various levels and apply for jobs that best fit their skills.

How long must you wait to apply for benefits?

Services and benefits may be applied for immediately upon entry into the US.

What do Venezuelans not have parole human?

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers Afghan and Ukrainian immigrants a number of benefits under their respective programs. parole Humanist.

However, such services are not available to Venezuelans because congressional authorization and funding are needed, an agency spokeswoman said. visa on arrival,

Some of the benefits that the ORR covers and does not apply to Venezuelans are cash assistance, medical assistance, employment preparation, English classes, counseling for youth, and technical assistance for entrepreneurs.

Senior policy Julia Gelat said, “Venezuelan people on humanitarian parole, like many others who come to the US to seek asylum, will have to make their way without this assistance, which can be very difficult.” Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute.

“Even once immigrants have work authorization, many struggle to find jobs that pay enough to support their lives in the United States,” he said.

Adriano Espilette, a legislator from New York; Kay Granger, from Texas; Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania; Greg Stanton of Arizona and Rosa Delaro of Connecticut, all states with large Venezuelan populations, did not respond to requests for comment. voice of america,

A spokeswoman for Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida’s 27th District, which includes a good portion of Miami-Dade County, said that “President Biden has control over (humanitarian) parole, not Congress.”

“The administration uses it as it sees fit, and we don’t know why they target some groups while disenfranchising others,” the spokesperson said.

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