Parole in Place for family of Military members and Veterans
What is parole in place?
Parole in place allows a foreign national who entered the United States without authorization to stay for a certain period of time (usually 1-year increments). It is a lawful immigrant status that allows immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to become permanent residents (green card holders) or obtain other immigration benefits. These individuals include a U.S. citizen’s parents, spouse, and unmarried children under the age of 21. Parole in place is granted on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Parole in place does not excuse any periods of unlawful presence outside of the parole period. Also, parole in place cannot act alone to provide immigration status or immigration benefits.
Why would I need parole in place?
Entering without inspection or a valid visa or travel document might make you ineligible for several immigration benefits. If your request for parole in place is approved, you:
• Do not accrue unlawful presence during the specified period;
• May apply for a work permit for the specified period; and
• May be able to apply for an immigration benefit that requires a lawful entry, including permanent residence, if you are eligible.
Am I eligible for parole in place?
You may be eligible for parole in place in one-year increments if you are the spouse, widow(er), parent, son, or daughter of:
• An active-duty member of the U.S. armed forces;
• An individual in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve; or
• A military veteran (whether living or deceased, as long as he or she was not dishonorably discharged) who served in active duty or in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve.