WILL YOU BE READY WHEN IMMIGRATION REFORM HAPPENS?

02/25/2013

IMMIGRATION REFORM IS GAINING MOMENTUM IN THE CAPITAL AND THE NEXT 2-3 MONTHS WILL DETERMINE IF IT WILL HAPPEN OR NOT.  WITH POSSIBLE RELIEF ON THE HORIZON IS IT TOO EARLY FOR IMMIGRANTS TO START PREPARING?  THE ANSWER IS NO!  

HISTORY HAS TAUGHT US THAT REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE FINAL LEGISLATION WILL LOOK LIKE, IT IS PREDICTABLE TO EXPECT IMMIGRANTS TO HAVE TO PROVE THEIR PRESENCE IN OUR COUNTRY.  IT SHOULD BE EXPECTED THAT THE LAW WILL REQUIRE PEOPLE TO PROVE THEY ARRIVED BY A CERTAIN DATE AND THERE WILL BE A CUT-OFF DATE FOR THOSE SEEKING TO BENEFIT.

WITH THAT IN MIND, IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS ONE'S WORD WILL NOT BE ENOUGH TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR A REFORM LAW.  THAT IS TO SAY, APPLICANTS WILL NEED TO DOCUMENT THEIR PRESENCE WITH PAPERWORK FROM SOURCES THAT LEGITIMIZE THEIR ONGOING LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES.  SUCH THINGS INCLUDE INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX RETURNS, SCHOOL RECORDS, AND BANK RECORDS, TO NAME A FEW ITEMS.  IT IS CERTAIN THE LAW WILL NOT LIMIT WHAT TYPES OF EVIDENCE IS PRESENTED SO LONG AS THE PROOF IS AUTHENTIC AND CONNOTES A PERSON'S SUBSTANTIAL PRESENCE IN THE COUNTRY.

AND AS SIMPLE AS THIS MAY SOUND, IMMIGRATION LAWYERS WILL TELL YOU MANY ILLEGAL PEOPLE EXIST ALMOST AS "GHOSTS" WITH VERY LITTLE PROOF OF THEIR OVERALL EXISTENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.  

COMPILING THE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE WILL CLEARLY BE A CHALLENGE FOR MANY, WHICH IS WHY PEOPLE SHOULD CONSULT LAWYERS EARLY TO LEARN WHAT THE CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS) WILL EXPECT WHEN THE TIME COMES TO APPLY FOR A NEW IMMIGRATION BENEFIT. 

STARTING EARLY TO COMPILE EVIDENCE WILL REQUIRE CONTACTING MANY DIFFERENT SOURCES AND EXPERIENCE SHOWS THIS PROCESS COULD TAKE DAYS AND WEEKS.  WHILE STARTING TO ORGANIZE ONE'S LIFE IN THE FORM OF A PAPER TRAIL MAY BE FOR NAUGHT IF AN IMMIGRATION REFORM LAW DOES NOT PASS THIS YEAR, HAVING THE DOCUMENTARY PROOF SOONER THAN LATER CAN ONLY HELP IMMIGRANTS SINCE EVENTUALLY A LAW WILL HAVE TO BE ENACTED AND SUCH PROOF WILL BE NECESSARY TO MEET A PRESENCE REQUIREMENT.

CONSULT A TRUSTED IMMIGRATION LAWYER TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN BE READY AND GET A JUMP START NOW!

 

 
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