Noncitizen spouses, parents, and unmarried minor children of U.S. citizen members of the U.S. military (current or past) who are in the U.S. after an unlawful entry may be eligible for an immigration benefit name Parole-In-Place (PIP).

PIP is a discretionary benefit offered by U.S. immigration services that provide a lawful status to the qualifies relative. This benefit provides employment authorization and thus a Social Security number and in many states a Driver’s License.

Additionally, once the qualifying relative receives their PIP status, they are considered to be lawfully admitted into the United States and may qualify to adjust status to lawful permanent resident (acquire a green card), and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. This is process is done all within the United States, and does not require waivers or for the qualified relative to leave the U.S. to attend an interview at a U.S. consular post.

PIP, however, does not waive other grounds of inadmissibility such as criminal grounds, or health grounds. Additionally, if you have a previous order of removal or are currently in removal proceedings, any desired application to apply for PIP, must be approved by ICE before applying to Immigration services.

You should consult with an experienced immigration attorney before applying for PIP or adjustment of status based on a PIP status.