Updated: Apr 17
People are wondering if they should start an immigration case now or wait for immigration reform. Here is some information to help you decide. Right now, the situation is that the House of Representatives has passed immigration bills. However, there are still several important steps that have to happen between now and there being an application that you can actually fill out and send.
First, the Senate would need to vote and approve an immigration bill. This may be difficult because of some of the Senate members. Then President Biden would have to sign it into law and then USCIS would need time to create and prepare the applications. If an immigration bill passes, we also need to wait and see what the requirements are going to be. All of this could take months, years, or may not even happen. Unfortunately right now we have to wait, but there are things you can do to prepare for possible immigration reform.
You can gather paperwork that you think you might need. For example, having proof that you've been in the United States the last few years. This could be a bill, receipt, or a statement that has your name and the date. You can also gather important paperwork that might be needed, for example, birth certificates, marriage certificate, and your passport.
Right now we don't if immigration reform will happen or who will qualify. For example, when president Obama created DACA that only benefited a select number of people. We will need to wait and see what the requirements are if reform happens. For this reason, I would also encourage you to find out what your options are under existing immigration laws. If you are eligible for something, it would be good to apply now instead of waiting for an immigration reform that may not happen.
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