Today, USCIS issued a written policy memorandum — stating that immediate family members of the Armed Forces and Reserves, who entered the US without inspection, will be allowed to stay in the US to get their green cards.
This new policy applies to spouses, children, and parents of: (1) an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces; (2) an individual in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve; and (3) veterans.
This is a huge deal because typically, those that entered the US without inspection, had to return to their home country to interview at the overseas U.S. Consulate, in order to get a green card.
So, if you are a parent, spouse, or child of an active duty member or veteran of the Armed Forces or Reserves, you should explore this option for getting a green card. The formal name for this is called “Parole in Place.”
The reason for this special rule is because USCIS recognizes that military preparedness could be adversely affected if active duty members of the Armed Forces and Reserve worry about their family members’ immigration status.
Furthermore, USCIS acknowledged that veterans also face anxiety and stress regarding their family members’ immigration status, and in recognition of their service to our country, this special rule will apply to their family members as well.