TN 20 (04-13)

RM 10211.195 Evidence of Parolee Status When an Alien Submits Form I-94 or Unexpired Foreign Passport

An appropriately stamped Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or unexpired foreign passport is evidence of the parolee’s legal immigration status only. Form I-94 does not establish employment authorization. Therefore, a parolee with only a Form I-94 or a parole stamp in the foreign passport can only apply for a non-work Social Security number (SSN), if eligible. For information on eligibility for a non-work SSN, see RM 10211.600.

A. Evidence of parole status

Form I-94 with a parole stamp in the upper right corner is evidence of parolee immigration status. If the parolee does not have a Form I-94, then a parole stamp in the unexpired foreign passport is sufficient evidence of parole status.

Generally, the stamp shows:

  • a “Parole Unit” designation or the stamp header “PAROLED;”

  • a purpose of parole (e.g., “Public Interest”) or a class of admission indicating parolee status (e.g., CP or OP); and

  • a port of entry, action date, and inspector stamp number.

An I-94 or unexpired foreign passport with a parole stamp may show a handwritten departure number when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) electronically assigns the alien an I-94 number in their system.

If the parolee shows an I-94, the handwritten departure number supersedes the preprinted number. The preprinted number may or may not be crossed out.

See Details

  • Administrative Confidential Memorandum (ACM), for an exhibit of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) parole stamp and recent examples

  • RM 10211.137 C, for an exhibit of a Form I-94 issued to a parolee

  • RM 10211.140, for instructions on entering nonimmigrant evidence in the Enumeration System

B. Verifying parolee status through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) when I-94 or unexpired foreign passport is submitted

1. SAVE verification of parolee status

SAVE verification of parolee status means the alien is:

present in the United States (U.S.) with Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) knowledge, and

  • not verification that the alien is authorized to work.

    If the parolee has an Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766), see RM 10211.200.

2. SAVE initial verification (IV) response

The SAVE IV response verifies the applicant is a parolee when:

  • the SAVE class of admission field shows a code of “CC,” “CH,” “CM,” “CP,” “DA,” “DT”, “OP” or “PR” and

  • the DHS response shows, “Non-Immigrant.”

3. SAVE additional verification (AV) response

The SAVE AV response verifies the applicant is a parolee when the DHS response shows either:

  • “Not Authorized Employment” and “Parolee,”

  • “Parolee,” or

  • The DHS response shows “Non-Immigrant” and the SAVE class of admission field shows a code of “CC”, “CH”, ”CM,” “CP”, “DA”, “DT”, “OP” or “PR.”

C. Reference

  • RM 10211.135 Evidence of Non-immigrant Status for an SSN Card

  • RM 10211.137 Description of Evidence of Nonimmigrant Status and Admission Stamps

  • RM 10211.190 Evidence of Parolee Status for an SSN Card

  • RM 10211.600 Requests for an SSN from an Alien without Work Authorization


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