Parole in Place, also known as P.I.P., is a potential opportunity for “individuals who are present without admission”* within the United States to possibly and legally remain within the country. It is a chance to begin your immigration journey anew should you be found eligible for the parole in place by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Parole in place is specifically designed to assist the families of U.S. military members.
Who can file?
The immigration services understand the vital importance and sacrifices made by the U.S. service members, veterans, enlistees and of course, their families by providing the option of parole in place. If you are the spouse, parent, son, daughter or widow(er) of an active-duty member of the United States armed forces (living or deceased, so long as they were not dishonorably discharged), Veterans, or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve member, you may be found eligible for parole in place. This application is not designed for friends, colleagues or otherwise any non-familial persons. There are specific qualifications and requirements that must be met in order to file with the immigration services. It is important to consider retaining the legal services of an immigration attorney for the best possible results. (For more information on the exact requirements of PIP eligibility, you may click the link at the bottom of the page.)
What to expect?
It is essential to be prepared and have realistic expectations of any immigration related process. All paperwork submitted into USCIS must be carefully reviewed and properly submitted with all required documentation. Once it is submitted, it is a good idea to look into the USCIS processing times page and have accurate expectations of what is to come next. All processing times vary greatly and can be viewed directly on the USCIS website; it is key to remember that the processing time of any application, visa, sponsorship or otherwise paperwork submitted is up to USCIS directly, and out of the hands of any immigration lawyer. It is wise to consult with an attorney when you receive a decision from the immigration services, whether that is an approval or a denial. If you’ve received a denial of your application, your immigration attorney could discuss possible alternative options available to you.
If you would like to speak with an immigration lawyer about the possibility of parole in place, you can schedule a consultation with our immigration attorney by contacting our office online and submitting a Contact Form at Contact Us | The Law Offices of Eugene Mogilevsky (egmlegal.com) or directly calling the office at (317) 743-7958.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational and informational purposes only and is not to be taken as legal advice in any capacity. Reading this blog does not constitute or establish an attorney-client relationship.
*Useful links and references:
“Discretionary Options for Military Members, Enlistees and Their Families.” USCIS, 25 Apr. 2023, https://www.uscis.gov/military/discretionary-options-for-military-members-enlistees-and-their-families.
“Immigration Options for Family of Certain Military Members and Veterans” USCIS, https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/brochures/Brochure-Immigration_Options_for_Family_of_Certain_Military_Members_and_Veterans.pdf.