Green Cards will now be available for many immigrants with Illegal Entries and Unlawful Presence.

In over 20 years of assisting immigrants , I’ve noticed a common fact pattern. An adult parent and child cross the Mexican border into the U.S.,  without inspection,  seeking safety and economic prosperity. The child, because of a program put in place by former President Obama, ends up legally integrated into society in many ways  the adult parent cannot. The adult parent is forced to live under the radar for years and years,  never secure, always fearing deportation. Until now.  

In a historic move, President Biden has put in place a transformative immigration program aimed at providing a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally but married to U.S. citizens. This historic initiative promises to reshape the landscape of immigration policy in America, offering hope and stability to countless immigrants with U.S. citizen spouses. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Work Permits and Deportation Protections: Eligible immigrants will receive work permits and protection from deportation, allowing them to live and work in the U.S. without fear.
  • Green Card Applications: This initiative creates a streamlined process for applying for green cards, which are the critical step towards citizenship.
  • Application Timeline: The application process is anticipated to open by the end of the summer, providing a clear timeline for those eager to begin their journey to citizenship.
  • Legal Framework: Utilizing a provision of immigration law known as parole in place, the program will legally admit these immigrants, making the green card application process more straightforward and secure.

The Significance

This program is set  to be one of the largest immigration initiatives in recent decades, rivaling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that former President Obama established in 2012. It addresses a critical need for immigrants who have been living in the shadows, particularly those who are primarily Mexican and have felt overlooked by previous policies.

Why Now?

This announcement comes at a crucial time. President Biden’s administration has recently implemented more restrictive border policies, which have drawn criticism from immigration advocates and Latino voters. By introducing this new program, the administration aims to balance these restrictions with meaningful support for longtime immigrants already living in the U.S.

The Impact

For immigrants who entered the country illegally but have built their lives here, marrying U.S. citizens and contributing to their communities, this program offers a lifeline. It recognizes their commitment to the U.S. and provides a tangible path to legal status and eventual citizenship.

 How to Apply? 

The Office of Michael G. Murray, P.A. has significant experience finding various solutions for immigrants in need of green cards and citizenship. To speak with an experienced Austin immigration lawyer about filing an application under the program for spouses of U.S. citizens, please call experienced Austin immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, or Michael G.Murray, P.A. You can call today at (512) 215-4407, or contact the firm online, to learn more.

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