Military families have an additional option when it comes to obtaining a green card. Called the Parole in Place program (PIP), this option was first implemented in 2013. Since then, it has given undocumented family members of U.S. military personnel the option to apply for a green card without leaving the country.
Who Is Eligible for Military Parole in Place?
At its core, the PIP program keeps families together. The immediate families of U.S. military members, active or veteran, may be eligible. In order to be eligible for PIP, the current U.S. citizen and member of the military must be one of the following:
- An active duty member of the U.S. armed forces
- A current member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve
- A person who previously served in the U.S. armed forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve
The immediate family member who is seeking parole in place must be the following relation to military personnel:
- A spouse
- A parent
- An unmarried child under the age of 21
Applying for Military Parole in Place
In order to apply for PIP, you must fill out the Form I-131 Application for Travel Document. You will also need the following documentation:
- Evidence of family relationship to the U.S. citizen military service member (copy of a birth or marriage certificate)
- Evidence the U.S. citizen family member is either an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces, in the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, or previously served in the U.S. armed forces or the Selected Reserve or the Ready Reserve (photocopy of the military identification card)
- Two identical, color, passport-style photographs of the non-citizen applicant
- Evidence of any favorable discretionary factors to share with USCIS (letters from community leaders or teachers showing your involvement in volunteer activities, education, or your children’s education)
Once your application for parole in place is approved, you may be eligible to obtain your green card through Adjustment of Status. If you have questions about parole in process, give us a call. We can answer your questions and walk you through each step of the process.