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Bipartisan group releases immigration plan

Posted on April 20th, 2013 No Comments

A bipartisan group of congressmen in the Senate have released the details for a plan to overhaul America’s immigration system after months of negotiation concerning the plan’s details.

Probably the most critical element of the plan is the path to citizenship that it creates for immigrants who are currently in the country against the law. Those who meet a number of criteria, as well as paying certain fines to the government, are entitled to registered provisional status, which allows immigrants to remain in the country legally without risk of deportation. After a period of years, this status would have to be updated, and could eventually lead to permanent citizenship in the U.S.

High-skilled immigration would also be increased by almost double by increasing the number of H1-B visas from a current number of 65,000 to at least 110,000, and possibly much more. Furthermore, dependents of H1-B visa holders who come to the country with them would no longer count against the visa quota, meaning that the total number of workers eligible to come into the country under this system would actually increase much more than the double in visas suggests.

These are just some of the most important provisions of the new proposal. While it hasn’t been passed, or even voted on yet, this potential legislation would represent a substantial overhaul of America’s immigration laws.

At William Jang, PLLC, we are committed to helping immigrants with all their immigration law needs. Contact us today to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.

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