Immigration change clarifies legal status options for undocumented relatives of members of the US military

Immigration reform may be stalled in Congress, but a new Obama administration policy is clarifying legal status options and military benefits for thousands of undocumented immigrants who are the spouses, parents and children of American military members. Under “Parole in Place”, parents, spouses, and children of those in active duty as well as veterans and reservists no longer have to leave the country to apply for legal U.S. status. The new policy ensures that existing law is applied consistently by USCIS employees to U.S. military family members. Such consistency has been lacking because agency employees previously had no written guidance from headquarters with regard to what family members were subject to the policy and what branches of the military qualified. Read more at

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