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Path to Citizenship under Proposed Immigration Reform

By Guerra & Johnson, P.C.  Jul. 1, 2013 11:04a

The immigration reform bill currently being considered in Congress would make sweeping changes in U.S. immigration law. A path to citizenship would be created for the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in this country. These illegal immigrants would be able to get registered provisional immigrant status within six months of the bill's passing if other parts of the bill's plans are followed. These provisions are: that the immigrant entered the U.S. prior to December 31, 2011 and has stayed in this country continuously since then, that the immigrant has not been convicted of a felony or three or more misdemeanors, that the immigrant pays a $500 fine, and that a border security and fencing plans have been put into place by Homeland Security.

Provisional status would allow an immigrant to live, work, and travel within the U.S. but would not grant them federal benefits, such as health care or welfare. This status would last for a period of six years after which it could be renewed for another $500. After ten years of provisional legal status, the immigrant would be allowed to obtain a green card and lawful permanent residence if they have paid their taxes, paid a $1,000 fine, stayed in the U.S. continuously during that time, met any necessary work requirements, and learned to speak English. Those brought into this country as youths would be allowed to obtain a green card within five years followed by citizenship.

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