The Americans for Immigrant Justice, a Miami-based group, chose to honor bipartisan efforts at immigration reform at its 17th annual celebration. The event, to be held at the Hotel Intercontinental, will focus this year on members of Congress who have aided immigration reform by sponsoring legislation to legalize undocumented aliens, whose numbers are said to exceed 11.5 million in the United States.Current legislation being proposed and supported by the White House would grant undocumented immigrants temporary legal status as long as they have no criminal convictions. In eight years, these immigrants would be eligible for a green card after paying taxes and fees. Other proposed legislation would grant temporary status to the undocumented but would allow them to receive their green cards only when they show proficiency in English. Senators working on the legislation have urged the White House to suspend its own activities and allow Congress a chance to work.
Immigration reform ideas keep making headlines. This blog has reported a variety of ideas that have surfaced in recent months, from real estate investment visas to streamlined rules regarding EB-5 visas. Investment visas and employment visa programs are often referred to in many news reports. Studies have shown that immigration can help to fuel an economic recovery.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced new proposed rules regarding the EB-5 visa program that seek to shorten the process for some EB-5 applicants. The new rules propose three changes in the way the agency processes Regional Center filings. The EB-5 visa program proposed changes were announced last week as the agency seeks public comments on the rule changes until June 17, 2011.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have a number of opportunities for foreign nationals to seek visas or residency in the United States. Various employment based visas, family preferences-such as fiancée visas and visas for close relatives of U. citizens-and options for families of permanent residents of the United States exist, to name a few of the programs available.
There are numerous provisions that allow U.S. citizens to petition for immigrant family members of the citizen to become a permanent resident in the country. Experienced family immigration lawyers in Florida, as across the country, understand that many U.S. citizens have spouses, parents, children and even siblings who may not be U.S. citizens.
There has been much debate over the federal electronic employment verification program known as E-Verify. Miami employment verification lawyers know that various measures have been debated in Tallahassee regarding whether the state will make use of E-Verify mandatory for private businesses. The department of Homeland Security has announced a pilot project that is intended to reduce bureaucratic mix-ups in the E-Verify system.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revealed new naturalization certificates this week. The certificates are given to new U.S. citizens and are used to obtain legal documents, including passports. Recently, USCIS unveiled a new green card for immigrants with permanent residency status.