Biden Administration’s New Policies: Relief for Families of U.S. Citizens

On June 18, the Biden administration unveiled significant changes to immigration policies, potentially benefiting up to 550,000 spouses and children of U.S. citizens. These changes aim to provide a more straightforward path to legal status for many undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for years.

Key Updates

  1. Introduction of Parole in Place The administration has introduced “parole in place” for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens. This protection allows them to stay in the U.S. and apply for permanent resident status without the need to leave the country, which previously could result in lengthy bans on reentry. This measure is designed to keep families together and simplify the process of obtaining legal status.
  2. Easier Visa Applications for DACA Recipients and Graduates Another major change will make it easier for DACA recipients and undocumented college graduates to apply for work visas. This adjustment could help many young immigrants secure employment and build stable futures in the U.S.

What is Parole in Place?

Parole in Place is a policy allowing noncitizens already in the U.S. to receive humanitarian parole, protecting them from Removal/Deportation and enabling them to work legally. Previously available mainly to families of military personnel, this program will now extend to undocumented spouses and stepchildren of U.S. citizens, potentially covering up to 550,000 people.

Advantages of Parole in Place:

  • Removal/Deportation Protection: Ensures that individuals are not deported while their status is valid.
  • Work Authorization: Provides the opportunity to work legally in the U.S.
  • Simplified Green Card Process: Allows eligible individuals to apply for permanent residency without leaving the U.S.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this new program, applicants must:

  • Have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 17, 2014.
  • Be physically present in the U.S. on June 17, 2024.
  • Be married to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.
  • Have entered the U.S. without inspection or parole and lack lawful status.
  • Have no convictions for disqualifying crimes.
  • Pose no threat to national security or public safety.
  • Qualify for a favorable exercise of discretion.

Legal and Practical Implications

These new policies are expected to face legal challenges from organizations opposed to changes in immigration law. Despite potential legal battles, the administration is committed to implementing these policies to provide relief and stability to many undocumented families.

Conclusion

The Biden administration’s recent immigration policy changes mark an important step towards addressing the challenges faced by undocumented families in the U.S. By expanding parole in place and easing visa application processes, these policies aim to keep families together and provide a clearer path to legal status. It’s crucial for those affected to stay informed and seek legal guidance to navigate these new opportunities.

Contact Information

If you or your family members have any questions about how immigration and nationality laws in the United States may affect you, or if you want to access additional information about immigration and nationality laws in the United States or Canada, please do not hesitate to contact the immigration and nationality lawyers at NPZ Law Group. You can reach us by emailing info@visaserve.com or by calling us at 201-670-0006 extension 104. We also invite you to visit our website at www.visaserve.com for more information.