Family Of Military Members Are Eligible For A Special Immigration Benefit

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Military Parole in Place – Immigration Attorneys

Do you have an immediate family member who has served in the U.S. military? If so, you may be eligible for Military Parole in Place, or Military PIP for short, a special immigration benefit for family members of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

What is Military Parole in Place and Who is Eligible?

With Military PIP, the undocumented parents, children, and spouses of those who have been in the military, whether active duty or retired, can ask the government for permission to remain in the United States for renewable one-year periods. Family members also may apply for a work permit based on PIP, and in some cases, can apply for a green card without leaving the United States to obtain an immigrant visa.

Military PIP is discretionary, meaning that it is not a “right,” but a privilege granted to individual applicants on a case-by-case basis. It was designed to give military service members peace of mind that allows them to perform their military duties without fear that an undocumented family member will be detained or deported in their absence.

In the years since its creation, Military PIP has evolved to apply to parents, children, and spouses of military members, whether deployed, active duty, or retired, as long as those no longer serving were honorably discharged. Immediate family members of the Selected Reserve or Ready Reserve also are eligible to apply for Military PIP.

Application Process for Military Parole in Place

Applying for the benefit is fairly straightforward, and there is no filing fee to be paid to the government. Applicants must provide proof of the familial relationship on which the Military PIP application is based, as well as proof of the family member’s military service. Other evidence to be included depends on the individual applicant’s situation, but it can strengthen an application to include information showing the applicant is a person of good moral character. Proof of home ownership, payment of taxes, membership in a church or other community organization, and letters of affidavit from friends, neighbors, employers, and family are all good evidence to include in any PIP request.

Contact Bailey & Galyen’s Military Parole in Place Immigration Attorneys

If you think you qualify for Military PIP, please schedule a consultation with us to explore the possibilities. Many people are eligible for this life-changing benefit and do not even know about it!