JAN 05, 2022

Parole In Place Brings Hope To Military Families

Frances Arroyo
Frances Arroyo

CEO & Inmigration expert

On November 15, 2013 the Department of Homeland Security announced a new policy granting parole in place to military families within the U.S. The memorandum declared that parole in place may be granted to individuals who are the spouse, child or parent of an Active Duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, an individual in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve or an individual who previously served in the armed forces. The term parole in place refers to the government granting an individual admission into the United States while they are already in the country. Specifically, those foreign nationals who have entered the country without inspection or those who entered inspected by an immigration officer but are now out of status may affirmatively apply for parole in place. By applying for parole in place an individual may on a case by case basis be granted their request and be legally admitted or re-admitted into the U.S.

Requirements for Relief

The regulations outlined by the DHS state that parole in place would be granted in one year increments with the opportunity to re-apply as it expires. Parole in place will not be granted automatically solely on the basis of the individuals qualifying relationship to a military spouse, child or parent. It is a discretionary application assessed on a case by case basis. The process of applying for parole in place will require substantial evidence about the relationship to that qualifying relative as well as the applicant’s equities.

This announcement is particularly significant in that it will allow those individuals who entered without inspection or are who are out of status to be legally admitted into the United States. The benefit of a grant of parole in place is that those individuals with an immediate relative petition will be able to apply for adjustment of status and avoid returning to their country to obtain an immigrant visa. In other words, immigrants who are the spouse, child or parent of a U.S citizen over 21 years of age and who entered the U.S without inspection may be eligible to legalize their status. Those individuals who do not have immediate relatives may still apply for parole in place and adjust their status if they have not acquired any period of unlawful presence while in the U.S.

Benefits of Parole in Place

Notwithstanding eligibility for adjustment of status, all parole in place recipients are free from the risk of removal from the country due to their unlawful status. Additionally, a parole in place status includes a temporary work permit which is granted for one year and is subject to renewal. Those eligible parole in place applicants who are currently in removal proceedings before an immigration judge may also apply for parole in place as an affirmative form of relief and have their cases potentially terminated. Moreover, those individual who have entered the country with a crewman’s visa (C-1) can significantly benefit from parole in place by overcoming the crewman’s bar and adjusting their status within the U.S.

The Obama administration believes that there is an urgent need to help military dependants to secure immigration status in the U.S. This policy was instituted because the ability of those in the armed forces to adequately perform their duties may be affected when they have family members with unlawful status who are at risk of deportation. Additionally, the Obama administration has taken immediate action to protect military families due to the Senate’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform this legislative year. The government understands the need to protect the families of those who have sacrificed their lives to protect this nation.

Parole in place is not a new policy, however in this particular memorandum the Department of Homeland Security focuses in on military families. Parole in place has been historically applied to non-military families who need to be paroled for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefits. Therefore, parole in place reaches a broader class of people in addition to military families. There is no reason why active members of the U.S armed forces who are deployed should continue to worry about the safety of their families they leave behind. If you believe you qualify for parole in place after entering the U.S illegally or remaining without the permission of the U.S government consult an immigration attorney at LA Legal Advocates.

Similar Posts

See what Los Angeles Legal Advocates has been up to, as well as the latest news in immigration law.

What happens if you divorce an immigrant

Divorce is a stressful time of high emotions for any couple. After all, no one plans for a divorce at the start of their marriage. However, there is an added layer of uncertainty when one of the divorcees is an immigrant. In the US, immigrants are often able to live with their spouse through a marriage green card. If they and their spouse get a divorce, it may raise questions about their status in the country.

Read More »


LA LEGAL Website Privacy Policy


What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our site or fill out a form.

When registering on this site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, phone number or other information. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt-out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)

To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)

To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you access your personal information. 

We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Database to be only accessed by those authorized with special access rights to our systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.

After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be kept on file for more than 60 days.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.erstand and save your preferences for future visits.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We, therefore, have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent. 

As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at any time by logging into their control panel and going to the ‘Edit Profile’ page.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit our terms and conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our websites privacy policy

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

How can we help you?