Immigration reform is inevitable, but it is slow and we do not know exactly what it will entail or how effective it will be. With immigration laws constantly changing, and the immigration process being very slow, it can be difficult to know if you are taking the right steps to ultimately secure citizenship. The immigration lawyers of the Chávez Law Group, can help you understand the changing face of U.S. immigration and help you make the right choices for your future.
The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) would provide a conditional path to citizenship for teenagers and adults up to 35 years old who came to this country illegally as children, but have grown up in the U.S.
Eligible individuals could receive conditional permanent residency. If you meet the conditions of pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher, or enlisting in the U.S. military, you could receive permanent residency at the end six years and have the opportunity to pursue full citizenship.
The DREAM Act was first introduced in 2001. After several attempts to pass the bill failed, DACA immigration relief became available in 2012 as a temporary measure to help a large portion of those who would benefit from the DREAM Act.
The Immigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America Act (IDEA Act) is designed to help aliens who have obtained a master’s degree or higher in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from certain U.S. schools. The bill would also reward aliens who start businesses and create jobs for U.S. workers.
Schumer-Graham Immigration Bill
The Schumer-Graham immigration bill would provide a path to permanent residency and citizenship for immigrants who are currently in the U.S. illegally. It would require that they learn English and pass a background check and includes punitive measures such as community service, fines, and payment of back taxes. The bill would also create a guest worker and visa policy for both skilled and unskilled workers.
The Schumer-Graham bill would increase border security and it would create a high-tech Social Security card which all U.S. workers would be required to have, including citizens born in the U.S. as well as immigrants.
If you or someone you love is interested in obtaining U.S. citizenship or is facing deportation, please talk to the immigration lawyers of the Chávez Law Group, today, or submit our online questionnaire.