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New Hope for Families: Understanding Biden's Parole in Place

Parole in Place for Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens

On June 18, the Biden administration announced two significant new policies aimed at providing more accessible paths to legal status for certain long-time undocumented immigrants. These policies mark a substantial shift in immigration policy, offering hope and stability to many families across the United States.

The first policy introduces "parole in place" for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens. This protection prevents deportation and offers an easier route to permanent resident status. This initiative is designed to help undocumented spouses stay in the U.S. without the risk of separation due to immigration processes.

The Biden administration estimates that approximately 500,000 undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens and 50,000 stepchildren of U.S. citizens may qualify under this program.

Eligibility Criteria for Parole in Place

Although more details are still to be announced, so far we know that applicants must meet the following standards to qualify for parole in place:

  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 17, 2014.
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 17, 2024.
  • Have been legally married to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.
  • Entered the United States without admission or parole and do not currently hold any lawful status.
  • Have not been convicted of any disqualifying criminal offense.
  • Do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
  • Merit a favorable exercise of discretion.

Legal Challenges and Next Steps

The rollout of these policies may face legal challenges. Organizations have already expressed opposition and may file lawsuits to block the parole in place program. Despite potential legal hurdles, these initiatives represent a significant step towards providing stability and opportunities for undocumented immigrants and their families in the United States.

How The Law Office of Mana Yegani Can Help

Navigating immigration laws and policies can be overwhelming, but you don't have to do it alone. As more details on eligibility and application procedures are expected to be released in the coming weeks, it is crucial to stay informed. These policies aim to support immigrant communities and address longstanding challenges in the U.S. immigration system. For those affected, these changes could mean the difference between separation and a stable, unified family life.

At The Law Office of Mana Yegani, we are committed to helping our clients navigate these new opportunities and understand their rights and options under the evolving immigration landscape.

The Law Office of Mana Yegani is here to help you when the times is right. You can meet with our team by calling (832) 981-2170 or contacting us online.

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