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Updates on Proposed Immigration Bills

 

There are a few changes we are seeing in immigration reforms due to the changes of administration. These changes are impacting policies for DACA and TPS recipients, asylum seekers and more.

 

On February 18, the Biden administration unveiled a new immigration bill. The bill called “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021” is set to include:

  • An 8 year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
  • Improve technology for border security
  • Replace the word “alien” to “non-citizen” in immigration law
  • Provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and farm workers
  • Halt border wall construction

If the bill does not pass in Congress, lawmakers are set to break down the bill into smaller legislations that could legalize farmworkers and Dreamers right away. However, if the bill passes, it could eventually provide a pathway to citizenship for over half a million Dreamers and a five-year path to legal status, or a green card, for individuals who pass background checks, pay taxes and fulfill other requirements. Later, after the five years, those individuals who complete that process can begin a three-year path to citizenship.

Currently a federal judge in Texas is challenging the legality of the Obama-era program. Advocates, attorneys and lawmakers are expecting a ruling from judge Andrew Hanen in the following weeks. If Judge Hanen rules DACA unlawful, the Biden administration would have to act fast and put pressure on Congress to offer permanent legal status for Dreamers.

On the first day of Biden’s presidency, he released a immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, which was quiclky shut down by Republicans.

We can’t forget that in 2019, The American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act were passed by the House. The American Dream and Promise Act reads “DHS shall establish streamlined procedures to apply for conditional permanent residence for aliens who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and were not disqualified for renewal.”According to Congress.gov https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6
Both legislations would provide permanent status for Dreamers, TPS and farm workers if it is passed by Congress.

In other news, border agents in Texas have started to release immigrant families that are not being accepted back into Mexico. This is evidence of how the new administration is set to treat immigrants. In the last administration, Trump implemented the stay in Mexico policy, which forced immigrants to wait in Mexico until their asylum request was accepted. Now, asylum seekers are being allowed in the country. As of January 27, up to 50 people have been released each day in South Texas. Even though most immigrants have been able to come to the country, there are thousands that are still waiting to be processed

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Cinco temas cruciales en inmigración para el 2020

Las nuevas reglas y decisiones judiciales que este año cambiarían el destino de millones de personas

Desde fallos judiciales hasta cambios a programas de visas, estos son algunos de los temas que en el año 2020 serán cruciales en la vida de millones de inmigrantes en Estados Unidos.

Las tarifas de USCIS

Realizar un trámite ante el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración (USCIS) será más caro, pero mucho más caro, si la propuesta del gobierno es aprobada, como muy probablemente ocurrirá. Los precios aumentarían drásticamente, como en el caso de ciudadanía que pasaría de $640 a $1,170 dólares o para obtener la ‘green card’ habrá que pagar $2,195 dólares.

El destino de DACA

Para mediados de año se espera que la Suprema Corte de Justicia emita su fallo sobre continuar o terminar con el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) que determinará el futuro de más de 700,000 jóvenes de la generación conocida como ‘dreamers’ o ‘soñadores’. La reacción que tuvieron los magistrados ante los argumentos orales presentados en noviembre sugiere que el programa podría llegar a su fin. Una decisión judicial en contra de DACA podría generar la deportación de miles de inmigrantes que han vivido prácticamente toda su vida en Estados Unidos, además de un golpe a la economía estimada en más de $460,000 millones en el producto interno bruto para la próxima década.

Los cambios a la visa H-1B

La visa para trabajadores extranjeros conocida como H-1Bademás de que costaría un 22% más, las compañías con al menos 50 empleados deberán pagar que pagan $4,000 dólares adicionales cada vez que renueven el permiso. A partir del 1 de marzo las empresas podrán incribirse por adelantado y de forma electrónica para el sorteo de 85,000 visas tipo H-1B. Las autoridades también contemplan redefinir el término de “ocupación especializada” para restringir este tipo de permiso laboral a quienes son considerados “mejores y más brillantes”.

La “opción” de entrenamiento

Establecer como opcional la capacitación laboral en colegios y universidades para que estudiantes graduados en el extranjero puedan trabajar en Estados Unidos sería uno de los cambios que podrían ocurrir este año. También se contempla limitar el tiempo que los estudiantes extranjeros pueden permanecer en Estados Unidos.

Los permisos de trabajo H-4

Este año podría materializarse la iniciativa de la administración del presidente Donald Trump para eliminar el programa de permisos de trabajo H-4 que se otorgan a cónyuges de trabajadores extranjeros que cuentan con visa H-1B. Para la primavera se contempla que se lleven a cabo los comentarios públicos que definirían la propuesta fue hecha desde febrero de 2018. También está pendiente una demanda judicial presentada por trabajadores del ramo tecnológico en contra de este programa de visas.

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The Fiancé(e) Visa is for U.S. citizens who wish to bring a fiancé(e) who is a foreign citizen

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The process of provisional exemption for unlawful presence does not change the immigrant visa process.

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The Secretary of DHS may designate a country to TPS due to the following temporary conditions

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