Under current U.S. immigration law, spouses, children, and parents of those serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, who previously served in the U.S. Armed Forces, or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, may apply for parole in place. Although it is most frequently used to permit an alien who is outside the United States to come into U.S. territory, parole may also be granted to aliens who are already physically present in the U.S. without inspection or admission. This means that if undocumented spouses, children, or parents of a qualifying military member entered the U.S. without inspection or failed to arrive at a designated port of entry, then they may receive “parole.”
Congress has recognized that veterans, who have served and sacrificed for our nation, can face stress and anxiety because of the immigration status of their family members in the United States. Therefore, the qualifying military family member should establish that they face stress and anxiety because of the undocumented status of their spouse, child, or parent. Parole in place is a discretionary and determined on a case by case basis.
One of the major benefits of military parole in place is that once it is approved and the applicant has is the beneficiary of an approved family petition (I-130), the applicant may then apply to adjust their status, without the need to leave the U.S. to consular process at the U.S. embassy in their native country. This means that the applicant will avoid the time and expense involved in filing for a provisional waiver of unlawful presence and actually traveling to their home country.
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Our well-respected lawyers exclusively practice immigration law, covering diverse topics: asylum, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), detention cases, fiancé visas (K-1 visas), green cards, immigration status for victims of domestic violence or other crimes, naturalization applications, and much more.
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