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Biden Announces Immigration Protections for Up to 550,000 Spouses and Children of U.S. Citizens

On June 18, 2024, President Biden unveiled two significant immigration policies aimed at providing legal status to long-time undocumented immigrants.

Parole in Place for Undocumented Spouses

The first policy allows undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens to apply for “parole in place,” protecting them from deportation and offering an easier path to permanent residency. This policy could benefit up to 500,000 spouses and 50,000 stepchildren of U.S. citizens. Parole in place has previously been used for family members of armed forces personnel, and now it extends to a broader population, easing the burden on families facing the threat of separation.

Streamlined Visa Applications for DACA Recipients and College Graduates

The second policy focuses on easing visa applications for DACA recipients and undocumented college graduates. By updating the guidance on “212(d)(3)” waivers, the administration aims to eliminate the risk of the 10-year reentry bar for these individuals. This change could significantly impact over 400,000 undocumented students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, providing them with better opportunities to secure employment-based visas like H-1B and O visas.

Legal Challenges and the Need for Comprehensive Reform

While these policies offer hope to many families, they also face potential legal challenges from groups like American First Legal. The administration's efforts highlight the urgent need for comprehensive reform to address the broader issues within the immigration system, including the harsh impacts of the 3-and-10 year bars established in 1996. By removing these counterproductive barriers, Congress can create a more just and effective immigration system.

For more information on how these new policies might affect your immigration status or to get legal assistance, contact Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP today. Our experienced immigration attorneys are here to help you navigate these changes and ensure your family's stability and future in the U.S.

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