iAmerica Family Safety Plan

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On June 18, 2024, President Biden announced a new process to keep American families together by protecting the spouses and stepchildren of U.S. citizens. In the form of Parole in Place (PIP), the executive action provides work permits, deportation protection, and a possible pathway to permanent status for half a million people who are already contributing to the U.S. economy and ingrained in American communities.

The announcement also indicates the administration will streamline a waiver process ​​allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holders and others who have graduated from college to more easily obtain work visas, such as H-1B temporary visas for skilled workers.

Find the White House Fact Sheet here.

Please check back often as we will continue to update this page as implementation and qualification details are released.

"President Biden's announcement represents safety, stability, and hope for families like mine and thousands more who, for decades, have contributed to this nation's economic strength and make up an essential labor workforce. It's an important step towards fixing a broken immigration system that has torn families apart and kept hard working people in the shadows for too long. As a County Social Worker, I've seen firsthand the importance of a father's presence in a child's development and success; it's the same commitment my husband has always strived for, and I couldn't be prouder of him amidst the uncertainty we've faced as a family. We're hopeful for a future in this great country that keeps families together, protected, and free of fear– an American dream shared by millions of immigrant working families like ours.”

Do I qualify for Parole in Place as an undocumented spouse of a U.S. citizen? When will the process be implemented?

Details of who will qualify and how the Biden administration will implement these processes is expected to be published in the Federal Register around the end of summer 2024, though it could happen sooner.

As of right now, we know that to qualify for Parole in Place, a spouse must:

The administration estimates that about half a million spouses and about 50,000 stepchildren will qualify. The stepchild rules are intended to prevent children from remaining undocumented when their parents have been granted relief. To qualify, stepchildren of U.S. citizens must have an undocumented parent who meets the above qualifications and meets the immigration definition of a child (unmarried, under the age of 21) and the parents married before the child turned 18.

What does it mean to qualify for Parole in Place?

If you qualify for Parole in Place as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, you will be eligible to adjust your status (i.e. apply for a green card) without leaving the United States. Individuals who are approved for Parole in Place will be granted a 3-year work permit and protection against deportation during which you can apply for a green card.

Beware of notarios or scammers

This process has NOT been implemented yet. Therefore, there is no application to apply for Parole in Place for spouses of U.S. citizens. Beware of scammers who may say otherwise. Find a reputable legal services provider near you.

Share your story with us

Are you part of a mixed-status family, where some members have legal residency or U.S. citizenship while others do not? Imagine the impact if your spouse or loved ones were granted permission to work legally and protection from deportation. What would that mean for you and your family?