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  1. Section by Section Summary of the Senate Immigration Bill - All Sections

    by , 04-22-2013 at 01:06 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    And here you have it - I've boiled 844 pages down to 70. I make no guarantees that I've read everything 100% correctly, but I've done my best and hope everyone finds this helpful.
     
    Section by Section Summary of S-744 - the Senate immigration bill - all sections
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  2. CIR Bill Would Create New Family-Based System


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    The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill which was introduced in the Senate in April 2013 would make significant changes in the existing family-based immigration preference system.

    The number of family-based preference green cards would fall from 226,000 to 161,000 annually. However, by expanding the immediate relative category, the bill would increase family-based immigration. In addition, all unused family-based numbers from fiscal years 1992 to 2013 would be added to the fiscal year 2015 quota which starts on October 1, 2014.

    The worldwide level for family-based immigrant visas would be allocated as follows:

    1) Unmarried sons or daughters of U.S. citizens - 35%

    2) Married sons or daughters of USCs under 31 years of age at the time of filing - 25%

    3) Unmarried sons and daughters of LPRs - 40%

    Persons in the 2A preference category (spouses and children of lawful permanent residents) would be added to immediate relative category (joining parents, spouses and children of U.S. citizens) and would not be subject to numerical restrictions. If they entered the U.S. lawfully, they would be permitted to apply for adjustment of status even if they overstayed their temporary status or worked without authorization.

    The bill would allow the derivative beneficiaries of immediate relatives to obtain permanent residence along with the principals. Example: Currently, if an adult U.S. citizen sponsors his parents and his 10-year-old sister for green cards, only the parents are considered immediate relatives and may immigrate without numerical limitations. The sister must be petitioned under the 4th preference category and is subject to the numerical restrictions. She will be separated from her parents and will have to wait many years to qualify for a green card. Under the bill, the sister would be considered a derivative beneficiary of her parents and would be able immigrate together with them.

    The per-country cap would be raised from 7% to 15%. This would greatly benefit persons born in the Philippines and Mexico who currently are subject to the longest family-based waiting times.

    The bill would restrict the filing of new petitions under the 3rd preference category (married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens) so that parents would be limited to sponsoring only their married sons and daughters who are 30 years old or younger on the date that the petition is filed with the USCIS.

    The bill would completely eliminate the filing of new petitions under the 4th preference category (brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens).

    Since these changes only apply to future petitions, if you are a U.S. citizen, the time to sponsor your married sons and daughters and your brothers and sisters is now before the bill becomes law.

    Currently, stepchildren are allowed to be sponsored only if the marriage creating the stepparent relationship occurred before the child's 18th birthday. The bill would change this to the child's 21st birthday. Also, the age requirement for an adopted child is raised from 16 to 18.

    Children who age-out of derivative beneficiary status after performing the calculation specified in the Child Status Protection Act would retain the priority date of the original petition and would automatically convert to the 2B category as soon as their parents are admitted as permanent residents.

    In addition, the bill would allow the following beneficiaries of approved family-based petitions to obtain "V" visas to live and work in the U.S. while waiting for their priority dates to become current:

    1) Unmarried adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and permanent residents; and

    2) Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who were 30 years old or less when the petition was submitted.

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    Updated 12-02-2013 at 12:46 PM by CShusterman

  3. Section by Section Summary of the Senate Immigration Bill - Title II's Agricultural Worker Provisions

    by , 04-22-2013 at 12:52 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    And we have reached the end of my summarizing. Next I'll compile a single document for posting.
     
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  4. What I Did This Weekend

    by , 04-22-2013 at 09:03 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    I meant to get the last bits of my Senate bill summary up by the end of the day on Friday because I was competing in the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans yesterday. The event involves a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Pontchartrain, a 56 mile bike and a half marathon run.   I'm happy to say I survived and am back at my keyboard this morning.




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  5. Section by Section Summary of the Senate Immigration Bill - Title II's Provisions on the H-2B, W Guestworker and X Investor Visas

    by , 04-22-2013 at 08:45 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Sorry this didn't get uploaded Friday. AgJobs is the last section and will hopefully be up this afternoon.
     
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