Category: Waiver of Inadmissibility

I- 601A Renuncia

I-601A, Solicitud de Perdón Provisional por Presencia Ilegal Los inmigrantes que desean solicitar una visa de inmigrante o un ajuste de estatus para obtener la residencia permanente legal (también conocido como “tarjeta verde” o “green card”) deben ser admisibles.  Una razón común para ser declarado inadmisible es la presencia ilegal en los Estados Unidos, también conocida como presencia indocumentada.  Esto ocurre cuando un inmigrante entra a los EEUU sin inspección (es decir, cruzó ilegalmente la frontera sin visa) o sobrepasa su visa (es decir, entró legalmente con una visa, pero se quedó en los EEUU después que se le venció).  De acuerdo con la Ley de Inmigración y Nacionalidad, un inmigrante se considera generalmente inadmisible si él o ella: (I) estaba ilegalmente en los Estados Unidos por un período de más de 180 días pero menos de 1 año, voluntariamente salió de Estados Unidos antes del comienzo de un procedimiento bajo la sección 235 (b)(1) o del artículo 240, y de nuevo busca la admisión en los 3 años siguientes a la fecha de salida de tal inmigrante o expulsión, o (II) ha estado ilegalmente en los Estados Unidos por un año o más, y que una vez más busca la admisión dentro de los 10 años de la fecha de salida de tal inmigrante o expulsión de los Estados Unidos … Esto significa que si un inmigrante estaba ilegalmente presente dentro de los EEUU y se fue voluntariamente o involuntariamente al extranjero, él o ella no puede reingresar a los EEUU por un periodo de 3 o 10 años.  Esto se conoce como un impedimento de entrada, también conocido como “castigo” o “barra.”  En ciertas circunstancias, esta base de inadmisibilidad puede ser perdonada y el inmigrante ilegal no estará sujeta a este barra de 3/10 años si él o ella aplica para una Solicitud de Perdón Provisional por Presencia Ilegal (I-601A).  La barra de 3/10 años es común para las personas que cruzan la frontera de manera ilegal (entran sin inspección). Para calificar para un Perdón I-601A, el inmigrante debe cumplir con los siguientes requisitos:
  1. Estar físicamente presente en los Estados Unidos;
  2. Tener 17 años de edad o más en el momento de la radicación del caso;
  3. Ser el Beneficiario de una petición familiar aprobada en la cual una Visa de Inmigrante está disponible de inmediato;
  4. Tener una relación calificada con un ciudadano Americano o residente permanente legal. Después de la Orden Ejecutiva Presidencial de 20 de noviembre de 2014, un pariente calificativo incluye cónyuge, hijos e hijas de ciudadanos Americanos; los cónyuges, hijos e hijas de residentes legales permanentes, independientemente de su edad;
  5. Tener un caso de Visa de Inmigrante pendiente con el Departamento de Estado (DOS), que se relaciona con la aprobación de la Petición I-130 o I-360 y para el cual el inmigrante ya ha pagado la cuota de procesamiento de Visa de Inmigrante de DOS; y
  6. Creer que él o ella es, o será, inadmisible sólo por la presencia ilegal en los Estados Unidos durante una sola estancia.
Mientras que un inmigrante ilegal puede calificar para el Perdón I-601A, él o ella también debe demostrar dificultades extremas para el ciudadano Americano (cónyuge o padre/madre) o el residente permanente legal (cónyuge o padre/madre).  Esto significa que el inmigrante tiene que probar que si el ciudadano Americano/residente permanente legal debe mudarse al extranjero o si el inmigrante se traslada sin el ciudadano Americano/residente permanente legal, el ciudadano Americano/residente permanente legal sufrirá dificultades extremas.  Los factores que se consideran en la determinación de dificultades extremas incluyen la salud/consideraciones médicas, razones financieras y económicas, educación, consideraciones personales, lazos familiares, y condición del país extranjero.  En esencia, cuando más evidencia es presentada para demostrar las dificultades del ciudadano Americano/residente permanente legal, más fuerte va ser el caso.  La Orden Ejecutiva del 20 de noviembre de 2014 dirige a USCIS (Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de EEUU) para proveer directrices más claras para definir dificultades extremas con la intención de hacer la categoría I-601A más ampliamente disponible. Si un Perdón I-601A está aprobado provisionalmente en los EEUU, una entrevista para la Visa de Inmigrante se programará en el Consulado Americano del país de origen del inmigrante.  El inmigrante tendrá que viajar a su país nativo para asistir la entrevista consular.  Mientras viaje al extranjero, la barra de 3/10 años se activará.  Sin embargo, si la visa es aprobada, el inmigrante se le permitirá regresar a los EEUU como residente permanente debido al Perdón I-601A. Si el Perdón 601A es negado por el USCIS en los EEUU, el inmigrante no será sujeto a procedimientos de expulsión o deportación, siempre que no existan problemas complicados de criminalidad o seguridad nacional.  En general, las consecuencias son financieras. Un ejemplo del proceso de I-601A es cuando un inmigrante cruza ilegalmente la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos por sólo 1 vez.  Después de algunos años de vivir en los EEUU, el inmigrante se casa con un ciudadano Americano, tiene hijos que son ciudadanos Americanos, un trabajo, una casa y paga impuestos.  Ahora el inmigrante indocumentado quiere calificar para residencia permanente.  El cónyuge Americano presenta una Petición I-130, el cual es aprobado.  Sin embargo, el inmigrante no es elegible para ajustar su estatus debido a su presencia ilegal en los EEUU (es decir, cruzó la frontera sin inspección).  Para superar esta inadmisibilidad, el inmigrante aplica para un Perdón I-601A.  Después que el Perdón I-601A es aprobado provisionalmente en los EEUU, el inmigrante viaja a México para asistir a la entrevista en el consulado Americano y se le otorga la Visa de Inmigrante.  Ahora, el inmigrante puede volver a entrar en los EEUU como residente permanente con su tarjeta de residencia y vivir en los EEUU permanentemente y legalmente.  Esto es lo que comúnmente se conoce como “arreglar los papeles.” Tenga en cuenta que la presencia ilegal es sólo una de las muchas bases de inadmisibilidad.  Si usted es inadmisible por otras razones, o si está en el extranjero y se considera inelegible para una visa porque usted es inadmisible para los EEUU, puede haber otras exenciones de inadmisibilidad disponible.  Si usted piensa que usted es inadmisible, necesitará un abogado con experiencia para revisar y estratégicamente preparar su caso.  Póngase en contacto con Cipolla Law Group para hacer una consulta.

601A Provisional Waiver Process Revised By Executive Order

On November 20, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order expanding those qualified to file a 601A provisional waiver for those immigrants already in the United States that entered the US without inspection.  For more details on the 601A provisional waiver and it’s process, please see our webpage.  The benefit of the revised provisional waiver process is to enable the case to be provisionally approved in the United States by USCIS prior to the alien departing the United States to attend the Immigrant Visa interview.  The departure triggers the statutory bar, which would make the alien inadmissible requiring the alien to stay outside the United States for 3 or 10 years depending on the length of unlawful presence in the United States.  Generally the provisional waiver will be accepted by the US Consulate and an Immigrant Visa will be approved, provided there are not any complicating factors.  This is a major improvement from the old process where the immigrant would need to depart the United States and apply for the waiver at the overseas consulate.  If the case was denied, the alien would be outside the United States likely separated from his or her loved ones in the United States. November 20, 2014 order expands the 601A Provisional Waiver to:
  1. Spouses, sons or daughters of lawful permanent residents; and
  2. Spouses, sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
A visa must be available to be eligible to apply. Additionally, the memo will clarify the meaning of “extreme hardship”.  The revised criteria is intended to broaden the use of the 601A process. 601A waivers are complex process and requires a detailed analysis.  The documents needed to support a finding of extreme hardship is very detailed and requires a lot of evidence.  The case needs to be submitted in the light most favorable to show that extreme hardship exists both in the event the qualifying relative were to move to the Immigrant’s home country or if the immigrant were to relocate without the qualifying relative.  It’s important to have an experienced immigration lawyer analyze your case and represent you in the process.  Contact Cipolla Law group for a consultation.

Immigration Reform: Will Registered Provisional Status Lead to Permanent Residence?

Undocumented immigrants Senate Bill 744, otherwise known as the Gang of Eight’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and has begun debate on the Senate floor.  While debating the bill on the Senate floor, it is my hope that a special emphasis on the visa numbers is analyzed and discussed.  It is my opinion that the current Immigration system has been severely damaged due to the insufficient Immigrant Visa Numbers and the lack of available non-immigrant and immigration visa options.  Big picture the structure of the Senate Bill is fair and does address the current problem.  But as we all know the devil is in the details and the details that caused the current immigration problem should be analyzed, solutions proposed and debated.  In other words, does Senate Bill 744 address the causes of the current immigration problem?  More specifically, are there adequate visa numbers available to eliminate the backlog and allow the current undocumented persons in the US a realistic path to citizenship?  Does the comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill address the immigration needs of persons currently outside the US so that the lack of viable visa options does not encourage illegal crossing?  So much time is focused on ensuring a secure border, which is obvious.  However, there really would not be that much demand to cross the border illegally if there are fair and available visa options.  Its not like the people that crossed the border illegally are looking to break the law and not do things the legal way.  The overwhelming majority of people that crossed the border illegally had no other choice, since our immigration system left them with no options (i.e. family immigration backlogs with wait times of 20 years +, lack of skilled and unskilled worker visas, ambiguous investment visa rules, and the list can go on and on).  This article will address the Registered Provisional Status category, and whether the proposed visa numbers will effect the adjustment of status option from Registered Provisional Status to Permanent Resident.

What is Registered Provisional Immigrant Status?

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented aliens in the US.  This number could potentially be higher if you included persons that overstayed their visas and are living under the shadows.  These persons are unable to obtain social security numbers, driver’s licenses, legal employment, and live their lives as open members of their communities (i.e. unable to rent or purchase homes in their own names, have bank accounts, travel freely, etc).  The Registered Provisional Status is essentially equivalent to being a conditional resident, where undocumented persons that entered the US without inspection or have overstayed their visas and meet the eligibility requirements will be able to live in the US, work in the US, and take temporary trips outside the US upon being approved for their adjustment of status to registered provisional status.   To be eligible for Registered Provisional Status, one must have been in the US since December 31, 2011 (there are exceptions if travel outside the US was brief, causal, and innocent), have not been convicted of a felony or three or more misdemeanors, pay their assessed taxes and penalty fees, and pass background checks. Under the Senate Bill, Registered provisional Status would allow the government one year to publish the required regulations before applications may be accepted.  So theoretically the Registered Provisional Status application process would begin within or after a year of enactment.  Upon approval of the Registered Provisional status application, the provisional immigrant will have RPI status for 6 years and may be renewable for another 6 years provided the Immigrant has been employed continuously or can prove income or assets of 100 or more of the poverty guidelines (certain exceptions may apply).  As specified above, the Registered Provisional Status is only provisional immigrant status, it is not permanent residence.  If the provisional immigrant wants to live in the US permanently, a permanent residence application will be required.

When can a Provisional Resident Apply for Permanent Residence

The main concern of the Senate is that undocumented aliens do not jump ahead of others currently waiting for an Immigrant Visa or Permanent Residence.   To be eligible for permanent residence, the intending Immigrant must have been in Registered provisional Status for at least 10 years.  In other words, if Registered Provisional Immigrants are to obtain Permanent Residence, all of the people currently waiting in line must have received their permanent residence or at least their cases have been adjudicated.   And this is where my main concern exists.  For example, unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens from Mexico (the first preference of the family based immigration system) currently have a 20 year wait time.  EB3 (Skilled Immigrant Visa workers) applicants from India currently have a 10 year wait time.  Each year these backlogs keep getting worse each year.  The Senate Bill as written intends to continue to cap the amount of Family based Immigrant Visas available each year at 480,000 (minus the visas assigned to Immediate Relatives but not less than 161,000  ie. US Citizens spouses or parents of US Citizens over 21).  Moreover, the currently available 140,000 Employment Based Immigrant Visas will not be increased under the Senate Bill.  The issue becomes, since the Senate bill does not intend to increase the amount of available Immigrant Visas this year, how can the Comprehensive Immigration Bill reduce the current backlog?  I don’t pretend to be a statistician, I am an Immigration Lawyer and as an Immigration Lawyer, I focus on understanding the United States Immigration Laws and applying the law to best achieve my clients’ goals.  Understanding statistics is not taught in law school, consequently is not part of the training to become an immigration attorney.  But, I will do my best to present the data so that you can decide for yourself whether Registered Provisional Immigrants will have the opportunity to adjust status to permanent resident status and eventually naturalize under the Senate’s proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill.  As of November 2012, the Department of State reported there are 4,412,693 persons on the Immigrant Visa Wait List.  The per country limit on preference related Immigrant Visas is 26,600.  On the wait-list, there are currently 1,316,118 persons from Mexico, 462,145 persons from the Philippines, 332,846 persons from India, and 240,637 persons from China.   For the detailed breakdown, please see here.  The Senate bill’s answer to eliminate this backlog is to eliminate the country cap limitations.  In other words, there will not be any increases to the amount of Immigrant Visas from the current level but a reallocation of Immigrant Visas on an as needed basis.  So on the surface it seems unlikely, but again I am not a statistician.  The purpose of this article is to raise awareness for the debate to include testimony from trusted mathematicians or statisticians in whether it is not only possible, but highly probable that based on historical data the backlog will be reduced by 2021.  Surely as an Immigration Lawyer I am not trained for this and I highly doubt an average Congressman can make the necessary projections.  The available Immigrant Visa numbers should be supported by sound math and statistics based on sound data.  I don’t know how to go from a wait list of 4.4 million to 0 in 7 years with only 300,000 available Immigrant Visas (ie. 160,000 family preference Immigrant Visas + 140,000 Employment Immigrant Visas).  This is an important issue, because it is great that the Senate is trying to address the problem and at least for 10 years 11 million+ people without status will have status, but Provisional Status is only good for up to 12 years, is my understanding.  300,000 multiplied by 12 years is 3.6 million.  It is closer to the current 4.4 million on the waiting list but keep in mind, if 11 million people apply for Registered Provisional Status and eventually adjust to permanent resident status and there are only 300,000 Immigrant Visas available each year, and there is still a backlog, where do the available visa numbers come from?  Again I am not a statistician but rather an Immigration Lawyer doing simple math.  I don’t pretend to know if my math is correct, but it should be something debated in the senate.  Providing Registered Provisional status to the current situation is significantly better than doing nothing but if the math is correct, it’s like a doctor giving his patient a cure for 12 years as opposed to a cure for a lifetime.  The Senate has this chance to fix a problem  for good, will they give the patient any medicine, medicine for 12 years, or medicine for a life time. By Attorney Gerald Cipolla

Provisional Waiver of Unlawful Presence Process = Lower Risk?

Provisional Waivers of Unlawful Presence         USCIS recently announced a new Provisional Waiver program for persons having accrued unlawful presence in the US.  The new rule will go into effect March 4, 2013.  The provisional waiver program is certainly not comprehensive immigration reform and its not even a change in the law.  But for those eligible it is a positive change.  Let’s start out by describing in laymen’s terms what the provisional waiver is.

What is Provisional Waiver?

The provisional waiver is a new program where USCIS will adjudicate extreme hardship waiver cases for persons in the U.S. who are neither eligible to change status or adjust status to permanent residence.  In the past, applicants for extreme hardship waiver cases needed to leave the U.S. to file the case and if the case was denied, they were separated from their family indefinitely or at least 3 to 10 years.  Now, the provisional waiver program allows eligible parties to file from the United States, receive a decision without leaving the U.S. and upon approval, exit the U.S. to attend an interview at an overseas U.S. Consulate.  Provided that the Consulate agrees with USCIS approval, the Applicant will likely be granted permanent residence upon entry into the U.S. on an Immigrant Visa (green card).  In the event USCIS denies the provisional waiver case USCIS does not envision initiating removal proceedings or referring provisional unlawful presence waiver applicants to ICE.  However, in limited instances USCIS reserves the right to issue a Notice to Appear for Removal Proceedings, but from the sounds of it is unlikely.

Who is eligible for Provisional Waiver?

  1. Alien who is inadmissible based on having accrued a certain period of unlawful presence in the United States.  Generally this arises when the Alien entered into the U.S. without inspection or “papers”.  If the Alien entered with proper inspection but overstayed a visa and does have an immediate relative relationship with a U.S. citizen i.e. a U.S. citizen husband/wife or parents, this process is likely not applicable and the Alien and U.S. Citizen may need to file a different type of case such as a marriage based adjustment of status case.
  2. Such Alien must have be an Immediate Relative of an U.S. Citizen.  The immigration law describes an Immediate Relative as someone who is in a relationship with an U.S. Citizen as the following persons: – Spouse, or – Unmarried child under the age of 21, or – Parent (if the U.S. citizen is over the age of 21).
  3. There must be a showing of Extreme Hardship to the U.S. Citizen – there are a variety of ways to prove extreme hardship to the U.S. Citizen.  However, the degree of hardship must be substantially more than just the emotional hardship of missing the alien.  Some of the factors are: (i) a showing of financial impact due to the loss of the Alien in the US; (ii) Health and Medical issues; (iii) inability to engage in profession; (iv) language barrier; (v) dangerous country conditions and many other reasons.

What is new under this Provisional Waiver of unlawful presence?

In the past, filing an extreme hardship waiver was risky due to the requirement that the Alien leave the U.S.  However, under the new rules of the Provisional Waiver for unlawful presence, as long as the Alien does not have a criminal or fraudulent record and is not a national security risk, the new provisional waiver program substantially reduces the risk as USCIS has suggested that its policy is to not refer denied cases to ICE.  A risk not discussed is what if Comprehensive Immigration Reform is announced.  Perhaps there will be an easier way if reform is passed.  It likely should not be the determining factor in whether to apply for the extreme hardship waiver case, but it should be factored into the decision. There are several other eligibility requirements, but the above requirements are the main issues.  For an evaluation in whether an Extreme Hardship Waiver through the new Provisional Waiver process is right for you, feel free to contact Cipolla Law Group. *We have over 25 years of combined experience and EXCELLENT PROVEN RESULTS  in helping foreign nationals to achieve their immigration goals.  

Obama’s Policy on Young Illegal Immigrants

As many people know by now United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Secretary Napolitano and President Obama announced on June 15 that effective immediately young persons in the U.S. without status are eligible for deferred action for a period of 2 years.  The requirements are listed below: Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:
  1.  Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  5. Are not above the age of thirty.
As an Immigration Lawyer, I am of course excited that the huge immigration problem in the U.S. is at least being looked at by our politicians.  However, we do not yet have a lot of details and my main concern is that this is a kick the can down the road sort of thing.  In other words, after the election maybe it is something that will be addressed, or perhaps not.  USCIS describes deferred action as not providing status, but essentially a wait and see mechanism to allow persons in the U.S. to work while USCIS figures out what to do next.  So these young persons are not removable but really don’t know what to expect in the future.  It is great to see that a child that was brought here illegally without really any say and has grown up “American” can at least stay in the U.S. for a couple of more years.  However, on the other hand, the immigration situation has been around for many years and both sides of the aisle have had plenty of time to address this important issue.  Some immigration lawyers think that the deferred action announcement is a precursor or message that something more is coming.  However, I am skeptical that something more meaningful will occur prior to such a sensitive issue prior to an election.   As more details become available we intend on blogging about this exciting issue.  Of course if you have questions on whether you would be eligible for this type of relief, I strongly suggest contacting an experienced Immigration Lawyer.  We are located in Chicago, but represent clients in their immigration matters throughout the United States and world.

What does turning 18 mean to you if you are an “alien” in the U.S?

Unlawful Presence – Enter Without Inspection One of the most frustrating things an Immigration lawyer can encounter are limited options for a client. As a Chicago based immigration attorney, I take my job very seriously and my heart is with our clients and their cases. A common story that we hear is: A client walks in the door, usually from Mexico, they were brought here to the United States illegally as an infant by their parents. The parents did not have a visa and were not inspected by a Customs Border Patrol Agent at the border. They simply sneaked across the border in some capacity and did not request entry with a visa such as a K1 fiancée visa, H1b visa, TN visa, or other common type of visa. So because the parents did not have a visa, obviously the child did not have a visa either. Years go by, the family lives and works in the US, the children go to school, make friends, have dreams, and all in all are living just like other Americans except they do so without a legal status and constantly need to look behind their shoulder not get caught. They lose identity with their home country as America has become their real home. Then the child turns 18, and under current Immigration Laws, something magical happens. The child is now an adult. The significance of this is that unlawful presence starts to kick in. The rule is if a person (a.k.a. alien) stays/lives in the United States without any valid visa for a certain period of time or enter the United States without inspection at the border, he/she has committed “unlawful presence”. For a hundred and eighty (180) days and less than a year of unlawful presence in the U.S., the alien is subject to a 3 year bar from entering the U.S. For one (1) year or longer of unlawful presence in the U.S., the alien is subject to 10 year bar from entering the U.S. Notice they are no longer a child at 18; they are an alien in Immigration eyes. I know that when I was 18, I was focusing on graduating high school, looking forward to college, training for a career, making new friends with the American Dream ahead. I would not have been conscience that because I turned 18 I am starting to accrue unlawful presence or some other type of law that might kick in. It is just not on the mind of an 18 year old, and really, why should it be. 3/10 year Bar Ok, but the story goes on. The child goes to school, works, does what other normal kids their age do. They might graduate college and then realize, uh oh, I don’t have authorization to work. Now what? Well, under current immigration laws they may be eligible for an H1B visa for them to work legally, but the old statutory bar (3/10 years) is going to kick in. So now they can’t work, at least legally. Or they may have already have been working, probably under a fake social security number. Then they meet the person of their dreams, who is likely a U.S. Citizen. They may eventually have children, or their spouse may say, lets get you legal. Let’s get your citizenship, surely it’s only a matter of filling out some forms. Well, not so fast, they are not eligible for a marriage green card or adjustment of status, well they may be eligible but they’re not admissible, due again to you guessed it, the statutory bar based on the “unlawful presence” inadmissibility ground. Immigration says, well you shouldn’t have been in the US to begin with, like a child is going to be say, hey Mom and Dad, please don’t take me across the border. Or like the child is going to say at 18, alright Mom, Dad, family, friends, I’m going back to Mexico. I have no family or friends back there, no job, no school, but maybe see you sometime in the future. I’m not quite sure if I can make it back in the US to see you, and if you want to stay in the US you definitely can’t leave to come and see me. Extreme Hardship Waiver I-601 application So, after living some version of the above description, the Alien may come into our office and say, what kind of forms do I need to prepare. Let’s assume that they married a US Citizen. We would ask them a series of questions, ask if anything has ever been filed for them in the past. Likely no. We then suggest, well you might be eligible for an I-601 Extreme Hardship Waiver. We have to prove that it would cause “extreme hardship” for the US Citizen spouse to leave the US and go to your home country, likely Mexico. The test in so many words is, the more complicated your life, the less likely you’re going to be able to just leave, hence, extreme hardship. But here’s the catch, if USCIS does not agree that you have extreme hardship, whether you are in Mexico or we file here in the US (i.e. if the new proposed I-601 procedural law regarding Waiver of Inadmissibility for Unlawful Presence passes), you’re likely going to be separated. So we can’t really blame. The blame game So who can we blame? Can we blame the parents for taking the child in the US illegally? Maybe, yes likely a little bit. As desperate as their circumstances may or may not have been, they did break the law. If I were in the same situation, I may have broken the law as well. As an Immigration Lawyer, I don’t want to condone breaking the law. It also undermines people that make the effort to try and comply with the law and do things the right way. However, what if these persons have no alternatives, again, I might do the same thing if I had no other options. We definitely can’t blame the child who now turned Alien as mentioned earlier. Can we blame Congress? Yes, definitely. Should there be a Dream Act? Maybe. Should there be a guest worker program? Maybe, more likely yes. Would the current laws such as H1B Visas, E1 or E2 visas still be available to these persons? Yes, they should be. And so should other great categories such as EB 5 Investor Green Cards, Marriage Green Cards, Fiancée Visas and other relevant family based green cards. This article is not proposing anything. My job is to be an Immigration Attorney, an advocate under the laws that exist. Congress on the other hand has the job of making laws, laws that are relevant for the times. So my opinion, congress gets my vote for getting the blame of not having relevant laws for the times.

US lifts Immigration Ban on HIV/AIDS

After 22 years of immigration ban preventing anyone with HIV/AIDS from entering the U.S., the ban has finally come to an end. As of January 4, 2010, HIV infection is no longer defined as a communicable disease of public health signficance and HIV infection will no longer make an alien inadmissiable under 212(a)(1)(A)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This is definitely a positive move, as President Obama said in the White House yesterday: “We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the AIDS pandemic, yet we are one of the only a dozen countries that still bar people with HIV from entering…if we want to be the global leader on combating HIV/AIDS we need to act like this”. In the past, a person with HIV/AIDS who wanted to visit the US, would need to file a Waiver of Inadmissibility. The application usually involved a tremedous amount of stress and an application fee was required. Under the currently law, HIV/AIDS is no longer considered to be a factor to make a person inadmissible. Definitely a positive news for those who suffered long-term seperation from their families and loved ones under the ban. It is time to plan your visit to the US. Click here if you wish to know more about this USCIS update.