America supports and cares for the veterans and those currently serving the country. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also supports the military personnel and offers them special immigration benefits. One such benefit the agency offers the military personnel and their family members is the “Military Parole in Place”. This immigration policy is meant for the undocumented parents, unmarried children, husbands and wives of current and past U.S. citizen members of the U.S. military. These immediate relatives of U.S. citizens can apply for permanent resident status in the U.S. under the Parole in Place policy announced by President Obama in 2013.
This policy has positively affected a lot of immediate relatives of veterans and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Alejandra King is one of the beneficiaries of this policy. She came to the U.S. from Mexico illegally when she was a minor. She completed high school here and got married to Charles King, a former U.S. Marine. She is now working at a law firm in the U.S. As she is the wife of a former U.S. marine, she was eligible to apply for green card status under the Parole in Place policy. Under this policy, she has applied for adjustment of status and she will soon receive her green card. Alejandra stated that this policy helped her to live here without the fear of deportation and that she feels secure. She is happy that she is able to live here with her husband and children. She can also work here legally and contribute to the country’s economy.
USCIS stated that the Parole in Place policy was implemented in order to honor the sacrifices made by the servicemen and women, to our nation. Military preparedness can be affected adversely if those in active duty worry about their relatives who are undocumented. Similarly, the veterans who have sacrificed for the country also can face stress because of the immigration status of their loved ones. This policy relieves the stress on the military personnel and their family members.
Under this policy of USCIS, eligible undocumented immediate relatives of veterans and active duty service members will be allowed to apply for adjustment of status and obtain legal permanent resident status in the U.S. This policy is meant only for the immediate relatives of former military members and those in active duty and not to the others.