Where families are kept together, immigrants are welcome and can contribute to our country.
President Biden immigration reform will include immediate actions to reform our chaotic immigration system. The strategy is centered on the belief that as a country we stand safer, stronger, and moving forward with a fair immigration system.
Where families are kept together, immigrants are welcome and can contribute to our country by providing a roadmap to citizenship for nearly 11 million immigrants. This will allow the economy to grow and for the expansion and improvement of opportunities for immigrants as well as citizens employed by immigrants.
What are the opportunities?
With the U.S. Citizenship Act bill already in motion, undocumented individuals will have the possibility to apply for temporary legal status with the hopes of applying for a Green Card after five years, if they pass criminal and national security background checks and if they pay their taxes.
Also, individuals who are already under TPS, DACA, and Immigrant Farmworkers who meet specific requirements are eligible for Green Card immediately. This bill also recognizes the United States as a nation of Immigrants by changing the word “alien” to “noncitizen” within our Immigration Laws.
The bill supports families by more explicitly including permanent partnerships and eliminating discrimination facing LGBTQ+ families. It also provides protections for orphans, widows, children, and certain veterans.
Lastly, the bill allows immigrants with approved family-sponsorship petitions to join the family in the United States on a temporary basis while they wait for green cards to become available.
What should I do?
The proposed reform presents an opportunity for many Immigrants to fix their status and fulfill their dream of making the United States their permanent home. To do so you would have to prepare everything in your case to improve the probabilities for its approval.
There are a few of things you need to take into account to prepare your case for filing after the reform: you need to be clear about your immigration history, take into account if you have ever been detained, if you entered the country with or without inspection, if you have ever been arrested (perhaps it was a traffic infraction, a DUI offense, a bar fight, etc.). There are many things that need to be taken into consideration to make sure you have the best opportunity for approval.
In some cases, you might need to file for a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to obtain all your records from all the government agencies like DHS (Department of Homeland Security), EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review), DOS (Department of State), etc. It is best to have an experienced lawyer guide you on this preparation to ensure you obtain all the documents required to file for permanent residency as soon as it is open. Having the correct guidance on how to obtain all the certified records from your immigration history can make all the difference in your application being approved or denied.
Other things you should also consider are taxes: have you been paying them? do you have the records? and what about your civil documents? There is a lot that will go into preparing for the upcoming Biden reform and the sooner you get started with the collection of all the documents, proper guidance, and strategy, the better chances of success you will have. Defining the best strategy for your case can change everything, it can make the difference from you being able to complete your immigration dream or not.
Don’t leave your future to chance, there are many recommendations you should follow.
While nobody knows what the actual final legislation will be like, one thing is certain: you are one of 11 million people who may be able to apply, and those who will file immediately will be processed faster than those who start gathering their documentation at that time.
We can help you get all your documents in order, and do an evaluation of what possible issues need to be addressed in your case, in order to qualify for the upcoming reform. Contact us, we’ll be honored to help you.