The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) provides free legal help to some refugees and displaced people.
- IRAP helps some people find services and prepare refugee and visa applications.
- IRAP is not part of any government, IOM, or UNHCR.
- IRAP cannot grant refugee status or visas or speed up cases.
- IRAP cannot provide financial help, find or pay for housing, or find jobs.
- All of IRAP’s help is free. No one affiliated with IRAP has the right to ask you for money or any other service.
IRAP decides to help people based on their need and eligibility for immigration status. IRAP does not decide to help people based on any other social or political or religious criteria.
This website provides general information about legal processes available to some refugees. It is not meant as legal advice for individual applications.
This information was revised in August 2023. Requirements may change. Always check for current requirements from the government or agency deciding your request.
If you are in a refugee emergency, we recommend that you contact the UNHCR office in the country where you live .
This is a sample cover letter that you may include with your CAM re-parole application. The government does not require a cover letter but it can help organize your application. IRAP created a sample cover letter to assist you. Spanish translation here as a guide—but your letter must be in English.
This is an example letter and provides general guidance on how to complete the letter. It is not meant as legal advice for individual applications.
This information was revised in December 2022. Requirements may change. Always check for current requirements from the government or agency deciding your request.
[Make sure to write in large text "CAM RE-PAROLE" on top of the letter.]
[Send the entire re-parole packet to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox. Depending on which method of delivery (USPS/First Class mail or Fedex/UPS/DHL), send to the address as listed. Delete the other address. Always consult the USCIS website available here for the current filing address for “humanitarian parole” Form I-131 submissions.]
P.O. Box 660865
Dallas, TX 75266-0865
Attn: HP (Box 660865)
2501 S. State Hwy 121, Business
Lewisville, TX 75067-8003
RE: REQUEST FOR RE-PAROLE UNDER THE CENTRAL AMERICAN MINORS (CAM) PROGRAM
[Fee Enclosed] or [Fee Waiver Requested]
[Write one or the other, depending on whether you are paying the filing fee or seeking to have it waived.]
LAST NAME, FIRST NAME (A# XXX-XXX-XXX)
Dear USCIS Officer:
I write to request re-parole under the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole Program. I was paroled into the United States on DATE. Since I arrived in the United States, I have been able to reunite with my family. [Provide a short explanation of the family members in the U.S. you have been reunited with (for example, my brother, my aunt, my cousin) and whether you live with them, live near them, or visit them.]
My parole period will expire / has expired on DATE. [If your CAM parole period already expired, provide a brief explanation of why you could not apply for CAM re-parole earlier, for example: (1) (If you entered the United States with CAM parole before August 2017) “I was not able to apply for CAM re-parole because at the time my parole period expired, the CAM parole program was terminated; (2) “I was not able to apply for CAM re-parole before my parole period expired because I was not aware that I was eligible to apply for CAM re-parole.”; or (3) “I was not able to apply for CAM re-parole before my parole period expired because I had trouble finding assistance with my CAM re-parole application.”]
Conditions in my home country of El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras remain dangerous, and I am afraid to return. Therefore, I request CAM re-parole so that I can remain safely with my family in the United States.
Enclosed please find the the following materials attached in support of my CAM re-parole application:
- Filing fee of $575 OR Form I-912, Application for Fee Waiver with supporting evidence;
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document;
- Declaration in Support of my CAM Re-parole Application;
- Copy of my identity documents and evidence of original CAM parole; and
- Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with supporting financial documents.
Thank you very much for your consideration.