Policy Aids Undocumented Family Members

NGAUS Washington Report

(Dec. 3, 2013) Undocumented family members of people in the military now have a smoother road to the green card that gives them status as a permanent resident.

The policy from the administration of President Barack Obama went into effect last month, according to a story in The Arizona Republic.

The new policy is expected to affect thousands of military members and give them greater peace of mind since they will no longer have to worry about relatives being deported.
“This has been causing a lot of problems for the military,” Margaret Stock, an immigration lawyer and retired lieutenant colonel, told the newspaper.

Under the policy, undocumented family members of military members will be “paroled” into the U.S. They can then apply for the green card without the requirement of first returning to their home country. Some illegal immigrants have faced 10-year bans from returning to the U.S. once they reach their native country.

The new policy was issued in a memorandum by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It applies to immediate family members.