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On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2024 | Firm News

Our firm has already received many inquiries about the new program for family unity announced by the Biden Administration on June 17, 2024.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have and to discuss representation to obtain benefits under this process.  Please note, however, that USCIS will not be accepting applications until the formal process is announced later this Summer.  They will reject any filings before the process is announced, so beware anyone who tries to tell you they can file immediately.

If you wish to discuss eligibility under this program and to set up a consultation, please contact us anytime.

From the American Immigration Lawyers Association website:


On June 18, DHS provided the following information:

DHS will establish a new process to consider, on a case-by-case basis, requests for certain noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens:

  • who have lived in the United States for 10 years or more.
  • do not pose a threat to public safety or national security.
  • are otherwise eligible to apply for adjustment of status.
  • and merit a favorable exercise of discretion.

If eligible, these noncitizens will be able to apply for lawful permanent residence without leaving the United States.

DHS estimates that approximately 500,000 noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens could be eligible to access this process; on average, these noncitizens have resided in the United States for 23 years. Approximately 50,000 children of these spouses also will be eligible for this process.

Note that noncitizens who pose a threat to national security or public safety will not be eligible for this process. If a noncitizen poses a threat to national security or public safety, DHS will detain, remove, or refer them to other federal agencies for further vetting, investigation, or prosecution as appropriate.

Eligibility and Process

  • To be considered on a case-by-case basis for this process, an individual must:
  • Be present in the United States without admission or parole;
  • Have been continuously present in the United States for at least 10 years as of June 17, 2024; and
  • Have a legally valid marriage to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.
  • In addition, individuals must have no disqualifying criminal history or otherwise constitute a threat to national security or public safety and should otherwise merit a favorable exercise of discretion.

Noncitizen children of potential requestors may also be considered for parole under this process if they are physically present in the United States without admission or parole and have a qualifying stepchild relationship with a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.

Upon receipt of a properly filed parole-in-place request, USCIS will determine on a case-by-case basis whether a grant of parole is warranted and whether the applicant merits a favorable exercise of discretion. All requests will take into consideration the potential requestor’s previous immigration history, criminal history, the results of background checks and national security and public safety vetting, and any other relevant information available to or requested by USCIS. USCIS has strong processes in place to identify and address potential fraud, which will be applied here to ensure the integrity of this program.

A Federal Register notice will be published that outlines the specific steps to be considered under this program. To be considered, an individual must file a form with USCIS along with supporting documentation to show they meet the requirements and pay a fee.

Further information regarding eligibility and the application process, including a notice in the Federal Register, will be published soon. USCIS will reject any filings or individual requests received before the application period begins later this summer.