Families who come to the United States on CAM parole status have permission to stay for a set period of time. This guide provides information on support and options available to CAM families who are in the United States.
See this pamphlet for helpful resources.
How long can I stay in the United States on CAM parole status?
CAM parole status lasts for a specific period of time (for example, two or three years). You can check when the status ends by looking at the stamp that the officer put in your passport at the airport or by getting an electronic copy of Form I-94 here.
What can I do if I want to stay in the United States for longer?
You should find a lawyer as soon as possible after getting to the United States to ask about your options for applying for a more permanent status. There may be deadlines for applying for certain status like asylum.
You can also apply to renew your CAM parole status. This is called re-parole. See the government's instructions on how to ask for re-parole. You should apply for re-parole at least 90 days before your CAM parole status ends.
What if my CAM parole status ended and I don’t have any other status?
The government announced that you can now apply to re-parole if you:
- Came to the United States on CAM parole, and
- Did not apply to renew their parole period because the program was closed between August 15, 2017 and March 10, 2021.
You should apply as soon as possible. See information above about re-parole.
Can I work in the United States while on CAM parole?
If CAM parolees want to work in the United States, they must apply for work authorization. The application is called Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. You should choose category c(11) – ‘Paroled in the Public Interest’ on the application. You can find a lawyer to help you with this.
If you are asked by potential employers or others for your “admission information,” you can get an electronic copy of Form I-94 here.
I have more questions about accessing benefits in the United States
Here are community resources for CAM parolees in several regions of the United States.