haitian migrants
Haitian asylum seekers board a bus in Del Rio, Texas, in September following their release from immigration custody. Photo by Leonardo March

Advance parole
A permission that allows for travel back to the United States without applying for a visa. TPS and DACA recipients may apply for Advance Parole. The forms differ for each group to apply.
[See also DACA and TPS]

Arriving alien
A person applying for admission or attempting to come into the United States through any port of entry (i.e., land border, sea or air) and means of transport (i.e., on foot, by car or plane).

Asylum seeker or Asylee
A person who has arrived in a new country looking for protection as a result of persecution and human rights issues in their home country. They have yet to be legally recognized as a refugee and are waiting to receive a decision on their asylum claim. Seeking asylum is a human right, meaning everyone should be allowed to enter another country to seek asylum.
[See also Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant.]

A beneficiary is an individual residing outside the United States who has a visa petition filed on their behalf, such as parole.

CPB One Application
A mobile app created as a single portal for C    Border Patrol services. A series of guided questions on the app will help direct each type of user to the appropriate services based on their needs.


The U.S. Immigration system is complex. This listing provides a primer for understanding the basic terms. It is no substitute for proper legal advice.

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