There are several humanitarian programs and protection provided by USCIS  to help individuals who may require shelter or help from disasters, medical emergency issues, oppression, and other urgent circumstances.  See below:




Refugee status is a type of protection that may be given to people who meet the definition of refugee and who are of significant humanitarian concern to the United States.




Asylum status is a form of protection available to individuals who meet the definition of refugee, have already arrived to the United States,and are requesting admission at a port of entry.


Battered Spouse, Children & Parents


Individuals who fall under the category of battered spouse, parent or child, may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


Victims of Human Trafficking & Other Crimes


Trafficking in persons, also known as human trafficking is considered a form of modern-day slavery, whereby traffickers entice individuals with false commitments of employment and a better life.  


Special Situations
When called for, some options may be available to individuals affected by natural catastrophes or other extreme cases, including: changes and extensions of status, waiver of fees, authorization of employment, replacement of documents, or expedited processing.


Temporary Protected Status


Nationals of particular countries who are already in the United States for a set period of time may be granted TPS by the USCIS.  TPS may also be given to eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country.


Deferred Enforced Departure


It is in the President’s discretion to authorize Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) as part of his power to manage foreign relations and it should be noted that this is not a specific immigration status. Individuals protected by DED cannot be removed from the United States, usually for a specific time period.  


Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) Status
Children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by a parent may need humanitarian protection if they are in the United States without legal immigration status.  These vulnderable children may apply for lawful permanent resident status (Green Card) under the immigration classification of special immigrant juvenile status.


Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C)
FGM/C refers to cutting and other procedures that injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The U.S. government opposes FGM/C, no matter the type, degree, or severity, and no matter what the motivation for performing it. The U.S. government considers FGM/C to be a serious human rights abuse, gender-based violence, and, when done to children, a form of child abuse.


Forced Marriage
Forced marriage refers to a marriage that takes occurs without the consent of one or both individuals in the marriage. Consent means that an individual has given full, free, and informed agreement to marry the intended spouse and to where and when it takes place.  It is considered a forced marriage when family members or others use emotional or even physical abuse, deception or threats, to force an individual to marry without their consent.