Military Parole in Place (PIP) in Dallas
Apply for Parole in Place With Nathan Christensen P.C.
As of 2013, parole in place (or PIP) is a program allowing undocumented family members of U.S. citizen military personnel to adjust their immigration status despite entering the country unlawfully. Non-citizen family members can apply for a green card without needing to first leave the United States.
Normally, entering the U.S. unlawfully would make you ineligible to obtain an immigrant visa. Such individuals often have to leave the country and go through consular processing. Leaving the country after entering unlawfully is a huge risk, as it may subject you to a three- or ten-year bar. However, if you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen that has served in the military, parole in place can enable you to apply for a green card without leaving the country.
Need help applying for parole in place? Contact Nathan Christensen P.C. online or call (972) 497-1017 to make an appointment with an experienced immigration attorney near you.
Military PIP Eligibility
To be eligible for parole in place, you must be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. This includes:
- Unmarried children under the age of 21
Your U.S. citizen family member must either:
- Be on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Be a current member of the Army Reserve
- Have previously served in either the armed forces or reserves.
How to Apply For Parole in Place
To apply for parole in place, you must complete Form I-131and submit it to your local USCIS office. Your application should contain:
- A cover letter. Include information about the service member or veteran, their relationship to the you (the applicant), your immigration status, and if the service member has experienced hardship due to your status.
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
- Proof of your familial relationship to a service member. Examples: birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.
- Proof of your family member's service in the military. Provide a copy of their military ID or deployment orders.
- Proof of service member's U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Send a copy of a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, green card, etc.
- Proof of identity. Copy of a passport or or birth certificate and driver's license.
- 2 passport-style photos of the applicant
- Send any relevant evidence that you want USCIS to take into consideration such as awards, certifications you received or commendations that your military service member relative has received.
- If application, send a certified criminal disposition. If your situation involves this, please speak to an experienced immigration attorney right away.
When parole in place is granted, the government essentially considers you to have entered lawfully. This means that you can remain in the U.S. legally until your parole expires and, more importantly, that you can begin your application for a green card.
If you are currently in removal proceedings or have any criminal history, you may still be able to obtain parole in place. This process is complicated enough that you should seek the help of an attorney. Nathan Christensen P.C. has successfully helped many families obtain green cards through parole in place and is ready to help you.
Understand your options for legal presence in the United States. Call Nathan Christensen P.C. at (972) 497-1017 or contact us online.
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