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BREAKING NEWS: Biden Gives Legal Protections to Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens



On June 18, 2024, the Biden Administration announced a significant expansion of the “Parole in Place” policy. This new policy offers work authorization and protection from deportation to certain undocumented spouses and children of U.S. citizens. The primary goal of this expansion is to eliminate the major hurdle for those who would otherwise need to leave the country when applying for a green card through their U.S. citizen spouse’s petition.


Key Changes and Benefits

Under the previous regulations, leaving the country to apply for a green card posed substantial risks. Applicants faced the possibility of being barred from re-entering the U.S. for up to 10 years, which deterred many eligible individuals, especially those with families and strong community ties.


The newly announced policy allows individuals who have been in the U.S. for at least 10 years to apply for their green cards without leaving the country. This change is expected to bring much-needed relief to many families who have been living in uncertainty.


Eligibility Criteria

The new program will be available only to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 17, 2014.

  • Were physically present in the United States on June 17, 2024.

  • Have been legally married to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.

  • Entered the United States without admission or parole and do not currently hold any lawful immigrant or nonimmigrant status.

  • Have not been convicted of any disqualifying criminal offense.

  • Do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

  • Merit a favorable exercise of discretion.


This new policy is a significant step towards providing stability and security for many families living in the United States. It reflects a compassionate approach to immigration reform, recognizing the contributions and ties of undocumented individuals to their communities and families.


Learn More

For more detailed information about this new program, you can call or text our office at 201.565.0099. You can also reach us via WhatsApp.


Additionally, you can schedule a consultation online by visiting: www.anuforolaw.com/contact-us.


To get a more in-depth understanding of this policy, be sure to check out our latest YouTube video where we discuss the details and implications of this new program. Stay informed and stay connected!


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