On June 18, 2024, the United States government announced that undocumented spouses and children of U.S. citizens who have lived in the country for at least 10 years will be eligible to apply for an immigration benefit called Parole in Place (PIP).

What is Parole in Place (“PIP)?

Parole in Place (“PIP”) allows someone who has already entered the United States (“U.S.”) without lawful authorization to remain in the country temporarily, if they can show that there are urgent humanitarian reasons or a significant public benefit for them to be in the U.S. PIP also allows the person to apply for a work permit, a green card, and eventually, U.S. citizenship.

Under this executive action, you can apply for PIP if you:

  1. Entered the U.S. without lawful authorization; 
  2. Are currently undocumented; 
  3. Are married to a U.S. citizen (or, you are under 21 years old and have a parent who is married to a U.S. citizen);
  4. Have been continuously present in the U.S. for at least ten years before June 17, 2024; and
  5. Do not pose a threat to public safety or national security.

Individuals who are granted PIP will be:

  1. Protected from deportation for three years;
  2. Eligible for a work permit for up to three years; and
  3. Able to apply for a green card (lawful permanent residence) within the three-year period without first leaving the U.S.

The government has not yet released the application process and is expected to do so within the next few months. You cannot apply for PIP right now.

CASA will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available; will offer a consultation to assess your eligibility for PIP; and depending on capacity, offer assistance with completing your application once the government releases the application process. For a consultation, please complete the form found on this page below. A CASA staff member will contact you at the appropriate time.

While we are excited by the possibility of this relief, we know that it is temporary. As always, the fight continues to our north star: citizenship for all of our communities.