INA § 212(d)(5)(A) gives the Secretary the discretion, on a case-by-case basis, to “parole” for “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit” an alien applying for admission to the United States. Although it is most frequently used to permit an alien who is outside the United States to come into U.S. territory, parole may also be granted to aliens who are already physically present in the U.S. without inspection or admission. This latter use of parole is sometimes called “parole in place.”
U.S. military members serve their country selflessly and courageously. USCIS recognizes that many of them may face stress and anxiety because of the immigration status of their family members in the United States. Additionally, their military preparedness could be affected if they have to worry about the immigration status of their spouses, parents and children. Accordingly, this stress and anxiety by Armed Forces personnel constitutes an "urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit" for granting parole-in-place.