The Biden Administration has announced new actions to keep families together through a new executive action, “Parole in Place”, focusing on noncitizen spouses and children of U.S. citizens. These actions allow eligible individuals, who have resided in the U.S. for 10+ years, to apply for lawful permanent residency without leaving the country. Here’s what you need to know:


Who Can Benefit?

– Those legally married to US citizens

– Must have been in the US for 10+ years (people who will benefit from this will have resided here on average for 23 years)

– This benefits those who came into the US without inspection – with this they may apply for a green card in the US when otherwise they would not be able to do so within the US

– Must also meet other legal requirements (screening w/ experienced immigration lawyer recommended)


How Does This Work?

– You can apply for “parole in place” which will give temporary protection from deportation and a work card and travel authorization

– If approved after DHS-‘s case-by-case assessment, you will have 3 years to apply for a green card


This action is anticipated to protect approximately 500,000 spouses of US citizens & approximately 50,000 non-citizen children under the age of 21 whose parent is married to a US citizen.


What about DACA recipients? 

There is also some positive action in there for DACA recipients and other Dreamers (not sure who will qualify yet). Those who have earned a degree from an accredited U.S. institution and who have received an offer of employment from a U.S. employer in a field related to their degree, may be able to get work visas faster.


Read the full press release here.

For help with your unique case, contact McEntee Law Group at or 773-828-9544.

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