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Sponsors in the U.S. Can Make it Possible for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans to Find Safety and Refuge

Following the experience of humanitarian sponsorship programs for Afghans, Ukrainians, and Venezuelans, for which hundreds of thousands of Americans raised their hands to help, the U.S. Government has now designated  Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans eligible for humanitarian sponsorship.

These new humanitarian programs also require the support of a sponsor in the U.S. in order for these vulnerable populations to seek refuge here.

This is now the only designated pathway for most  Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans to find refuge in the United States. The direct participation of everyday Americans, faith organizations, civic organizations and other community organizations is now more critical than ever to ensure that these vulnerable populations can access a pathway to safety and security.

The Welcome Connect team is working to expand our tech platform to support sponsor matches for these USCIS sponsorship programs. We expect this functionality to be available in early 2023. In the meantime, Welcome.US is providing resources for potential sponsors in the United States who already know Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans seeking humanitarian parole in the United States. And we are supporting our partners in diaspora communities with tools and resources as they mobilize community members to sponsor people in their networks who are in need of refuge in the United States.



If you’re ready to sponsor and have someone specific in mind from one of the qualified countries visit the USCIS website to start your application.

If you’re interested in being connected to Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans or Venezuelans seeking refuge in the United States, please sign up on Welcome Connect.


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What you need to know about sponsorship

Have questions about how the new humanitarian sponsorship programs for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelan work? Browse the resources below for answers to frequently asked questions and step-by-step guides and the application process and what it takes to be a successful sponsor.

Sponsorship FAQs

Get detailed answers to your questions about the sponsorship process – from who is eligible to sponsor to how to help newcomers find housing, land a job, and access healthcare.

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SEE FAQS IN HAITIAN CREOLE

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Sponsor Resources

Guide to Humanitarian Parole & I-134 Form

For those who want to apply to sponsor Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Ukrainians coming to the U.S. under humanitarian sponsorship programs, this document guides you through the process, step by step.

Guidance for Sponsoring Newcomers

This resource offers some best practices in sponsorship that can set you and the newcomer you are welcoming up for success.

Initial Sponsor Service Checklist

Newcomers will need to access services to get settled here. Use this checklist to keep track of initial services typically needed when a newcomer arrives.

Sponsor Group Structure & Roles

Sponsoring with a group can make the experience easier and more enjoyable. Review recommended roles and responsibilities for your group.

Budget Template

Newcomers may need help with initial financial planning. This budget template helps capture initial estimated living costs.

Fundraising Tips and Tools

Newcomers may need initial financial support to get on their feet. Read tips for how to raise funds to support newcomers as they integrate into their new community.

Tips for Securing Housing

Newcomers will need to find a place to stay. Learn about best practices for sponsors to find and secure housing for newcomers.

Home Supply Checklist

Help make a house a home! Review a list of household supplies to help prepare a home for newcomers.

Pantry Checklist

Help a newcomer feed their family. Read a list of items for a newcomer’s pantry upon arrival.

Guidance for Connecting with State and Local Services

Newcomers are part of our community. Learn more about the services available to them.

Interactive Sponsorship Training

Take the following tutorials to learn more about what's required of a sponsor and how to be most successful.

PART 1: GET STARTED AS A SPONSOR

PART 1: GET STARTED AS A SPONSOR

Find out what’s required to be a sponsor (10 mins)

PART 2: HOW TO SUPPORT NEWCOMERS

PART 2: HOW TO SUPPORT NEWCOMERS

Learn best practices for being a successful sponsor (20 mins)