As of 2013, parole in place (or PIP) has been a provision that allows for family members of U.S. citizen military personnel to adjust status despite having entered the U.S. unlawfully. Normally, entering the U.S. unlawfully would make you ineligible to adjust status and obtain a green card. Such individuals often have to leave the country and go through consular processing in order to overcome this. Since leaving the country after entering unlawfully may subject you to a three or ten year bar, this can be a huge risk. However, if you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen that has served in the military, parole in place can enable you to apply for a green card without leaving the country.
To be eligible for parole in place:
- You must be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. This includes
- Parents, and
- Unmarried children under the age of 21
- Your U.S. citizen family member must
- Be on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces,
- Be a current member of the Army Reserve, or
- Have previously served in either the armed forces or reserves.
- You must be admissible to adjust status. There are many factors to consider in this and you will need to speak to an attorney to make sure you qualify.
When parole in place is granted, the government essentially, for its purposes, now considers you to have entered lawfully. This means that you can remain in the U.S. legally until your parole expires and, more importantly, that you can begin your application for a green card.
If you are currently in removal proceedings or have any criminal history, you may still be able to obtain parole in place. But it will be more complicated. If you have already been ordered removed from the U.S., however, you do not qualify. One way or the other, this process is complicated enough that you should seek the help of an attorney. The Law Office of Nathan Christensen has successfully helped many families obtain green cards through parole in place and is ready to help you too.
Concerning the Trump Administration: There is some concern that parole in place may be done away with because of Trump’s executive orders. As of now, however, the government is still approving them. In other words, contact us as soon as possible so you can take advantage of this program before things change.
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