U.S. asylum law is an area of the law that provides protection to a person who is fleeing persecution, usually from their home country, or the country from which they last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility Individuals who are inadmissible to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa, adjustment of status, certain nonimmigrant statuses or certain other immigration benefits, must seek a waiver of certain grounds of admissibility.
An immigration benefit available since 2013 and referred to as “Parole In Place”, or “PIP”, permits those who already qualify for a green card due to a close family relationship to “adjust status”, or apply for lawful permanent residence or a green card, without having to depart the U.S., even though they have illegally entered and remained in this country. Those eligible for this benefit include spouses, parents and unmarried minor children of U.S. citizens who are past or present members of the U.S. military.
This immigration relief is for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other such serious crimes. To qualify for these immigration benefits specific eligibility requirements must be met, as well as obtaining law enforcement certification, in some instances.