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July 2024
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President Biden Offers Hope to Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens

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:

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. Approximately 50,000 children of these spouses also will be eligible for this process.

Eligibility and Process

To be considered on a case-by-case basis for this process, an individual must:

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.

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. This program is expected to launch by the end of the summer. Applications submitted prior to the start date listed in the Federal Register notice will be rejected.

Under current law, noncitizens married to a U.S. citizen may apply for lawful permanent residence through their marriage to a U.S. citizen. However, to apply for lawful permanent residence, many noncitizens must first depart the United States and wait to be processed abroad, resulting in a prolonged, potentially indefinite, period of separation from their U.S. citizen family members.

In addition, DHS will join the Department of State in an effort to more efficiently facilitate certain employmentbased nonimmigrant visas for eligible individuals, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and undocumented noncitizens who have graduated from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education.

 

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR ​ ​​J​ULY 2024

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Oct15

22Oct15

2A

15Nov2​1

15Nov2​1

2B

​01May16

01May16

3rd

​​​0​1​​Apr10

0​1​​Apr10

4th

22Jan06

01Aug07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

 01​Feb22

Current

2nd

 ​15Jan1​2

​15Mar23

3rd

​​​​ ​22Sep12

​01​​Dec21

Other

 ​​​​15Aug12

01​Jan21

4th

 01​Jan21

01​Jan21

5th

 ​01Dec​20

Current1B

 

 

DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - ​​​J​ULY 2024

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01​Sep17

01​Sep17

2A

01​Nov23

01​Nov23

2B

​​01​Jan17

​​01​Jan17

3rd

​​0​1​Oct10

​​0​1​Oct10

4th

​15Jun06

01​​Mar08

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

0​8Feb22

Current

2nd

​22Jun12 

​22Mar23

3rd

​01Oct12 

01​Feb23

Other

​01Oct12 

​01Jan21

4th

01​​​​Feb21

01​​​​Feb21

5th

0​1Apr22

Current1B


Visa Bulletin for ​​​​​​​​July 2024 is available on our website. Please go to http://www.khabar.com/magazine/ immigration/ 


 

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