Comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) is coming! The US Senate has already passed Senate Bill 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” This bill, if passed into law, will allow honest, hardworking undocumented immigrants to finally receive legal status in the United States.
The bill requires individuals in the United States before December 31, 2011 pay their taxes, register with the government and pay a fee to receive “Registered Provisional Immigrant” status. Registered Provisional Immigrants will then be able to work and live without fear while in the United States. They will have employment authorization and may be eligible to obtain permission to travel abroad and return to the United States without facing an immigration penalty. After a certain period, those in RPI status can apply for and obtain Lawful Permanent Residency (a Green Card).
For young persons, known as DREAMers, the process is likely to be much quicker than for others in RPI status. Finally, the immigrant youth will be free to study, work, and achieve their full potential.
If you have any questions regarding the status of comprehensive immigration reform or how it may affect you, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We are here to serve you!