The Department of Homeland Security announced today new formalized guidelines for allowing undocumented relatives of U.S. military members to legalize their immigration status. Known as “Parole in Place,” the program has existed for several years but was administered informally and without standard guidelines. Today’s memo specifically identifies spouses, children, and parents of 1) active-duty military members, 2) reservists who may be called up as part of the “Ready Force,” and 3) veterans of these forces as persons who might be eligible to have their deportations halted and/or apply for their green cards without leaving the country and thus triggering an unlawful presence bar. Since the grant of parole is discretionary, significant criminal violations or other negative factors would likely prevent the approval of the parole application.
- Application of Expedited Removal Expands under Trump Administration
- Visa Applicants Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts
- 3 Things to Know About Changes to the H-1B Visa Program
- What Are the Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule?
- Immigrants Seeking Citizenship via Military Service Face Tougher Restrictions
- The 30/60-Day Rule is Now the 90-Day Rule
1966 Act 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery action for parents of americans advance parole American Opportunity Tax Credit application Child Tax Credit court decision cuban daca dapa deadline dry foot E-Verify EB-5 Entrepreneurs executive orders fee fiance Foreign h-1b homeland security imm Immigration Reform Updates International Investment Visa IRS ITIN medical N-400 N-600 naturalization parole process program provisional restrictions TEA Trump unlawful presence USCIS visa visa waiver waiver wet foot