California “Parole In Place” Citizenship Lawyer

Maison Immigration helps anyone in California looking to explore their citizenship options and any other immigration issues that can come up. There’s a variety of options for obtaining citizenship in California, and one of the most recent involves the Department of Homeland Security’s “Parole in Place” program. For more information and guidance on how this program can help you, contact us today for an initial consultation.

Should You Hire Our Lawyers?

Facing immigration issues can be scary and unsettling, especially if you’re not a citizen already. That said, there’s procedures in place that can put you on the path to citizenship. Programs like “Parole in Place” are fairly straightforward, but also up in the air in the current political climate in the United States. So, it’s important to act quickly to take advantage.

It’s here that our team can be a huge help. With our experience and guidance, we can:

  • Explain your options
  • Help you through the application process
  • Support your application from start to finish with evidence and documentation
  • Appeal the decision, if necessary
  • Simplify the process for you and your family

You don’t need a lawyer to file an application or to gain citizenship, but given the fact that it’s often a challenging and confusing process, having our team on your side can make all the difference.

What is the “Parole in Place” Program?

When it was announced by President Joe Biden on June 18, 2024, the “Parole in Place” program (headed by the DHS and USCIS) outlined a path to citizenship for noncitizen spouses that are currently living in the United States with their full-citizen spouse.

Under the program’s requirements, these noncitizen spouses can apply for citizenship if they:

  • Have been living in the U.S. continuously for at least 10 years
  • Are legally married to a U.S. citizen

Spouses with a criminal history or national security concerns are ineligible. If approved, you have three years to apply for a green card, obtain a temporary work permit, and avoid deportation; additionally, children of noncitizens who have lived here continuously for 10 years and have a qualifying stepchild relationship will be eligible. The program’s goal is to keep family units together, providing them with important stability and support.

What Will the Application Process Be for the “Parole in Place” Program?

While not yet formally set, applications for the “Parole in Place” program will be reviewed on a “case-by-case” basis by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This means that there’s a general outline for how the application process will go. Typically, it’s going to involve:

  • Meeting eligibility requirements
  • Filing a form with USCIS, including the application fee
  • Providing supporting documentation
  • USCIS reviews each application, assessing if parole should be granted
  • USCIS considers your immigration and criminal history
  • Background checks and national security vetting on you will be conducted
  • USCIS will review any other relevant information provided or requested

Because the program has yet to be officially implemented, the USCIS makes it clear that anyone applying before the official date will be rejected. Thus, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared once the program is officially available.

What Documentation Do You Need For a Successful “Parole in Place” Application?

As it currently stands, the “Parole in Place” program is going to require certain documentation to establish that you meet the requirements and that your application should be approved by the USCIS. But because it’s on a “case-by-case” basis, it means that approval isn’t necessarily guaranteed. This is where our team can step in and make sure you have what you need for a successful application. Here’s a preliminary look at the documentation you’ll need:

  • Proof of residency – The first thing you’ll need to show is that you’ve lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years continuously. This means providing things like rental agreements, utility bills, school records, or work records.

  • Proof of relationship – Next, you’ll need documents that prove you are legally married to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024. This means providing a marriage certificate, joint bank account statements, or affidavits from friends and family.

  • Positive benefit – Lastly, you’ll need to actually show that you’ll benefit from the program. This means providing things that the USCIS will use to look positively on your application. This can include things like letters of recommendation, certificates of achievement, or proof of community involvement.

The steps in this program are going to vary from person to person, so not all of these steps may apply to your situation. It’s important to be patient and gather all the necessary documents for your application to avoid mistakes and longer wait times.

Maison Immigration Will Help You With “Parole in Place”

At Maison Immigration, our goal is to make sure your family stays together with the “Parole in Place” program. Our experienced lawyers keep you informed about your case every step of the way, and can help you. We want you to approach the program with confidence. Contact us today to set up a one-on-one consultation.

Additional Resources