First Details on Immigration Reform

Pathway to Citizenship:

  • Entered prior to December 31, 2011
  • Eligible individuals have a year to apply for a provisional immigration status, but may be extended
  • After 10 years, the provisional status will be lifted (DREAMers can do it in 5 years)
  • Spouse & Children can be sponsored under same application
  • Those who have been deported may apply to re-enter (if spouse of child is U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, or eligible for DREAM Act)
  • LGBT families not included, although DOMA decision in Supreme Court could change this

Legal Immigration:

  • Visa Backlog will be erased
  • More focus on Employment-Based Visas (high skilled & low skilled)
  • Sibling petitions will removed
  • Diversity (lottery) visa will be removed

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Immigration Reform


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