Four Steps to Give Thanks to Military and Veterans -- Parole in Place
The Dept. of Homeland Security has a new process to help the spouses, children and parents of members of the armed forces and veterans. In short, these persons can obtain a green card even if they entered the U.S. without authorization.
Adjustment of StatusIn order to obtain a green card without leaving the U.S., a foreign national must have either been admitted by an immigration officer or been paroled. Either way, they will be present with authorization.
Parole in PlaceUnder the new policy, spouses, children and parents of current or former members of the military will get parole. This is a type of waiver, or pardon, for having entered without authorization. The foreign national must still meet all the other requirements for adjustment of status in order to get a green card.
DiscretionaryImmigration can approve (or deny) an applicant's request for parole in place. Thus, a request should be very detailed and well-documented. A request should include a letter from the military member or veteran indicating why they need their family member in the United States. The request should include any medical, psychological, emotional and financial considerations.
Keeping Military Families TogetherWe hope that upon your return to the U.S., Blandon Law can assist you in helping your family gain status in the United States. Although the author is a Board-certified immigration expert, this guide is intended as general information and not specific legal advice. This communication does not create an attorney-client relationship. Schedule a consultation with an attorney to address individual concerns.