Our military members have the nation’s gratitude for their service. President Obama’s administration identified a need and issued a policy memorandum to benefit certain family members of active or veteran U.S. military personnel. The program, known as Military Parole in Place (MIL-PIP), helps some undocumented individuals legally stay in the country and assists in other areas.
We understand the immigration difficulties that can disrupt a military family. We encourage you to speak with a parole in place military attorney in Scottsdale, AZ, if your family must fight to stay together because of immigration challenges.
Military Parole in Place (MIL-PIP) – What Is It?
Military PIP is a program for noncitizens who enter the country illegally. Eligibility would include some family members of active or veteran (alive or deceased) members of the following if the military member left the military with an honorable discharge:
- U.S. Armed Forces
- Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve
The family members who might benefit may include certain:
- Widows or widowers
- Young sons and daughters and adult sons and daughters who are single or married
Our military PIP attorneys in Scottsdale, AZ, can determine if you are a likely candidate for this program.
Benefits of Military PIP
The military PIP benefits for family members under this policy are:
- A one-year authorization to stay in the U.S. with receipt of an I-94 record showing your status as a legal visitor. This protects recipients from deportation risks during the year.
- Renewable PIP — if you believe you will need more time, you may start the renewal process months before your current PIP expires.
- Freedom to apply for a work permit using Form I-765.
- Potential eligibility to apply for an “adjustment of status,” which could allow you to get a green card and become a permanent resident.
- Staying in the U.S. while applying for a green card rather than returning to your home country and working through the consulate.
- Avoiding the three- and 10-year bars from reentering the U.S. if you initially entered illegally and then voluntarily left.
Applying for Military PIP
Immigration law, with its attendant forms and required supporting documents, is complicated. Working with an immigration attorney from our law firm who is knowledgeable will generally smooth the process while relieving you of a significantly stressful challenge.
Steps to apply for a PIP include:
- Complete U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-131, which is an Application for Travel.
- Provide documents proving your relationship with the military member, such as a marriage or birth certificate.
- Provide a copy of your family member’s military ID card to verify they are or were in the military.
- Provide passport photos.
- Provide any other favorable information that may support your application (our attorneys will provide suggestions based on your personal situation).
The processing time changes, but over the past few years, it typically runs between three to six months.
Denial of Military PIP
Screening for PIP is rigorous and performed on a case-by-case basis. Authorities can deny it for various reasons, such as:
- Entering the country legally and then staying past your allowed time
- Having a criminal record
- Having a history of immigration violations
- National security risk
- Public health safety risk
Fighting a Denial of PIP
You can appeal a denial, but you will have few options left if authorities deny your appeal.
If your application denial concerns an error you made while filling out the forms or a lack of sufficient supporting evidence or documentation, resubmitting the corrected forms with the appropriate documentation could reverse the denial.
Before you take any steps to fight a denial, we suggest you speak with our immigration attorneys, who understand the complexities of the military PIP program.
For a free legal consultation with a military parole in place lawyer serving Scottsdale, call (623) 742-5400
Working With Our Military PIP Attorneys
Immigration law seems to be in a constant state of flux. Staying current on the changes in a complex system requires knowing the law. Our PIP attorneys are ready to fight for the rights you have and advocate for your parole in place benefits. Working for your future, we:
- Detail your history, including your relationships and move to the U.S.
- Determine if you meet the USCIS eligibility requirements for PIP.
- Assist you in identifying and completing all necessary forms and collecting all supporting documents and evidence for a PIP application.
- Offer potential strategies to unite entire families, when practical.
New Frontier Immigration Law
We know that the chaos in changing immigration laws brings chaos to your lives. Like everyone, you want peace and freedom to simply live. Work, children, partners, vacations, extended family—you want to enjoy all the parts of an evolving life without worrying about someone forcing you from your home and family.
Our immigration attorneys bring to your case years of fighting for and successfully helping clients who once shared your uncertainties. Founded over a decade ago by Hillary Walsh, an attorney of boundless energy and optimism, New Frontier has represented folks in need in the local immigration courts around Scottsdale, Arizona, and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Maya B.’s words echo the sentiments of many of our clients:
“I am very grateful for Miss Hillary. She helped me win my immigration appeal and she even found people to help pay my bond so I could be released from the detention center in Eloy. Miss Hillary cared as much about winning my case as she did about taking care of me as a person. I am grateful to God that she was my attorney. (Maya’s country of origin is Ethiopia.)
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