President Biden’s New Executive Order: A Lifeline for Undocumented Families

On June 18th, President Joe Biden announced a groundbreaking executive order aimed at providing relief to undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens and their children under 21. This initiative allows eligible individuals to apply for “parole-in-place.” This significant policy change is estimated to protect over half a million people in the United States, ensuring the unity and stability of thousands of families across the country.

Key Changes in Immigration Policy

Under current immigration policy, many undocumented immigrants are required to leave the United States to apply for legal permanent residency. President Biden’s new order, however, enables undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens to apply for permanent residency without having to leave the country. This change addresses the hardships and uncertainties faced by families separated by the immigration process.

Eligibility Criteria for Parole-In-Place

To be considered for parole-in-place, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Illegal Presence: Must be illegally present in the United States (without admission or parole).
  • Continuous Presence: Must have been continuously present in the United States for at least 10 years as of June 17, 2024.
  • Marital Status: Must be legally married to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.

Application Process and Timeline

While the application form for this new parole has not been released yet, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the application period will begin later this summer. This delay allows eligible individuals and their families time to gather necessary documentation and prepare for the application process.

Next Steps

If you believe you may qualify for humanitarian parole under President Biden’s new executive order, we encourage you to seek professional legal advice. Our office is ready to assist you. Please contact us today to set up a consultation to discuss your situation and explore your options.

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