Q&A: What is the Status of a Foreign National Who Enters the U.S. Illegally and Receives “Paroled” Status by a US Customs Border & Patrol Officer to Remain in the United States?

With the recent border surge of undocumented individuals seeking asylum or alternative relief in the United States, our attorneys have seen much confusion regarding the status of those who are in ‘paroled’ status. The purpose of this short Q&A is not to explain parole status. Rather, assuming parole status we have answered the following questions below:

  • What is the status of someone who crosses the border illegally and is caught by US Border Patrol, and then released under ‘parole’ status into the United States?

Under current U.S. Immigration laws, foreign nationals who enter the US without inspection (EWI); and are paroled into the United States by an Immigration CBP officer are still considered to have legally entered.

  • If an individual is paroled into the United States, can he or she adjust status to a U.S. Permanent Resident through an immediate relative such as a U.S. Citizen child?

Yes, only if there are no additional inadmissibility issues under U.S. Immigration laws.

It is important to consult with an experienced U.S. immigration lawyer about the complexity of status when a foreign national enters the United States EWI. Our law firm offers limited in office, phone or video consults. You may contact our office at the contact information conveniently listed at www.vasselllaw.com . We are Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) and attorneys have over 20 years with U.S. Immigration legal matters.

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