U.S. creates path to citizenship for undocumented spouses of American citizens

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS SPOUSES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS

The White House announced, on June 18th, 2024, that the Department of Homeland Security will take action to ensure that undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. and now are married with American citizens can keep their family together.

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To be eligible, noncitizens must – as of June 17, 2024 – have resided in the United States for 10 or more years and be legally married to a U.S. citizen, while satisfying all applicable legal requirements. Individuals must also have no disqualifying criminal history or otherwise constitute a threat to national security or public safety.

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 to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.

In order to be considered for this new process, undocumented immigrants will need to file a form with USCIS along with supporting documentation to show they meet the requirements and pay a fee. Application period begins later this summer and further information regarding eligibility and the application process, including a notice in the Federal Register, will be published in the near term.

Those who are approved will be afforded a three-year period to apply for permanent residency. They will be allowed to remain with their families in the United States and be eligible for work authorization for up to three years, without having to leave the country to adjust their status.

According to the White House, this action will protect approximately 500,00 spouses of U.S. citizens, and approximately 50,000 noncitizen children under the age of 21 whose parent is married to a U.S. citizen.

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