Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, and Former Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve.
USCIS has just announced that undocumented individuals who entered the United States without inspection and are the Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, and Former Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve may be eligible for Parole in Place. If the Parole in Place is granted then those undocumented individuals may be eligible to legalize their status.
DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court
Same-sex couples who legally marry in the United States or abroad may now be eligible for immigration benefits. In other words, a United States Citizen spouse may apply for a green card for their same-sex spouse.
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
On April 16, 2013 the bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Eight" introduced S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act." It is important to note that this is only a bill and not a law. Congress still needs to argue over the provisions before it can be given to the President to sign into law.
I-601A Waiver for Unlawful Presence
Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own as young children and meet several key criteria will no longer be removed from the country or entered into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action, which includes, employment authorization, social security and driver’s license, for a period of two years, subject to renewal.
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