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Pathway to US Citizenship

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The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill (S.744), introduced in the U.S. Senate in April 2013, creates a Pathway to Citizenship for over 11 million undocumented persons. (The bill is not law yet. To become a law, a bill must pass both the Senate and the House of Representatives and be signed into law by the President.)

Below are the eligibility guidelines (in abbreviated form) for persons wishing to legalize their status, and then to apply for permanent residence and for U.S. citizenship.

Eligibility for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) Status:

  1. Must be unlawfully present in the U.S. either because of an illegal entry to the U.S. or because of a visa overstay
  2. Must have been present in the U.S. on December 31, 2011
  3. Continuous physical presence in the U.S. since that time
  4. Pass background check
  5. No convictions for felonies or for 3 or more misdemeanors
  6. Waivers available for certain criminal convictions
  7. Expunged offenses are not considered convictions
  8. Pay back taxes
  9. Pay filing fees and $500 fine
  10. Unlawful presence bars do not apply

Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI):

  1. Initially, status is valid for 6 years
  2. Includes person's spouse and children
  3. Work and international travel authorization
  4. Cannot be absent from the U.S. for over 180 days unless there are extenuating circumstances

Renewal of RPI:

  1. New background check
  2. Regularly employed
  3. Must be continuously employed or must have resources equal to 125% of poverty guidelines unless RPI is a full-time student. Limited exceptions based on age and disabilities
  4. Pass English examination
  5. Pay filing fees and $500 fine
  6. Unlawful presence bars do not apply

RPI to Green Card:

  1. After 10 years as RPI, may apply for adjustment of status
  2. Heightened income requirement
  3. Employment & family backlogs eliminated
  4. Border security triggers are met
  5. Pay filing fees and $1,000 fine
  6. Unlawful presence bars do not apply

U.S. Citizenship

  1. May apply 3 years after obtaining green card

DREAMer's - Special Benefits

  1. Came to U.S. prior to 16th birthday
  2. Completed high school in U.S.
  3. No maximum age
  4. May apply for RPI under DREAM Act
  5. May apply for green card after 5 years (includes persons granted*DACA)
  6. May apply for U.S. citizenship immediately after green card

Agricultural Workers - Special Benefits

  1. Must make substantial commitment to agricultural work
  2. May apply for Agricultural Card
  3. May be Eligible for Adjustment of Status
    1. Fulfill Agricultural Card work requirements
    2. May apply for green card after 5 years
    3. Pay taxes
    4. No serious criminal record
    5. Pay filing fees and $400 fine

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Updated 12-02-2013 at 12:40 PM by CShusterman


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