Proposed Immigration Bill Sets Cut-off Date


This coming week a bill will be introduced in the Senate which could overhaul the U.S. immigration laws and benefit millions.  But as predicted by this writer, hundreds of thousands may be shut out due to having arrived illegally after the proposed cut-off date, which has been set at December 31, 2011. 

Although this is bad news for many, knowing the cut-off date at least permits those who would be eligible to start their preparation by compiling enough documentary evidence to show they arrived in the United States before the year 2011. 

Other requirements leaked by a Senate aide suggest an immigration reform law will require applicants to have no criminal record and show enough financial stability or employment that would ensure against them becoming a public charge.  Among its other features it also includes increased border security, stricter employer verification of workers' legal status and a 13 year path to citizenship.

People who believe they will be eligible should start preparing by seeking legal counsel, especially those who may have an arrest or conviction record.  It is also expected convicted felons will be barred from any new immigration relief.

The proposed bill is set to be introduced this coming Tuesday and is described as a landmark piece of legislation in more than a quarter-century.

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