Parole in Place(PIP) for Military Family Members
This guide provides insight and advice on what PIP is, who is eligible for PIP, and how to apply for PIP.
What is PIP?PIP allows individuals who entered the US unauthorized to remain in the US for a certain amount of time. If an application for PIP is approved, during the approved period, which is granted in one year increments, can do several things they could not previously. First, they no longer accrue unlawful presence. Second, they can apply for a work permit with Form I-765. And third, they can apply for immigration benefits, such as a green card, that require lawful entry. Keep in mind, if applying for an adjustment of status, parole in place will remedy your previously unacceptable application if your only barrier was a lack of inspection and admission or parole.
Who is Eligible for PIP?Those eligible for PIP include the spouse, widow(er), parent, son, or daughter, or either: 1) An active duty member of the US armed forces, 2) An individual in the Select Reserve of the Ready Reserves, or
3) A military veteran, living or deceased, who meets either of the above-mentioned categories. Only those individuals who have entered the US unauthorized can be granted PIP-it will not be granted to individuals who have overstayed their visa.
How to Apply for PIPAn application for PIP must be submitted to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The application should include: 1) A PIP request letter. The letter typically should be addressed to director of local USCIS field office. The opening paragraph should state that the petition is a request for military related PIP, and what you intend to apply for if the request is granted. The body of the letter should explain the serviceman or veterans path to service and history since joining, their personal information including their date of birth, place of birth, rank, branch, and unit, as well as their relationship with the PIP applicant. The applicant's date and place of birth and any immediate family members should also be mentioned. The applicant's immigration status, as well as any pending applications with USCIS, should be mentioned, as well as their living conditions before they came to the US. If there is any hardship or additional circumstances that would be helpful to your application, that should also be mentioned. 2) Form I-131, Application for Travel Documents. Be sure to read directions for the I-131 carefully and complete the form to be submitted with your PIP petition. When filling out the I-131, under Part 2, Application Type, there is no box to indicate an individual is applying for PIP, therefore applicants should check off box 1d, applying for advanced parole to return to the US after temporary foreign travel, and write "Parole in Place" in red ink next to Application Type. Write the same next to Part 4, Question 1a, Purpose of Trip. For Question 1b, list of countries intending to visit, N/A should be written. 3) Copies of documents showing eligibility, including: birth certificate, marriage certificate, photo identification including name and date of birth, proof of military service, two passport type photos, form G-28 if you will have legal representation. There is no fee for an application for PIP. Keep in mind while being a serviceman or veteran's family members if a strong positive factor, the decision is ultimately discretionary.