This new proposal would let thousands of spouses of U.S. citizens apply
finally for green cards
Keeping the purpose of promoting family unity and despite the fact that thousands
of families in the U.S. consist on a couple of a U.S. citizen and an illegal alien
that are usually kept away from each other in order to get a green card, the Obama
Administration is now looking to give this an end and change it with a new policy
All the trouble of getting a green card for a spouse and waiting apart from a season
of months to a time over 10 years began in 1996 when President Clinton signed
the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act”. Let us explain this
to you with a simple example: Imagine that you were living in the U.S. for a long time
now and you have married a U.S. citizenship, it doesn’t matter for how long you’ve
been married, you are still an illegal alien.
So in order to change this, you apply for a green card, for this you’ll have to travel
to the U.S. Consulate of your country. Everything ok until now right? Wrong. Since
you’ve been in the U.S. as an illegal alien for too long, you’ll probably have to wait for
as long as 10 years to even think about getting back in the U.S.
So now you know why the problems begin. Imagine that you, the head of the family,
the breadwinner for your kids, are not allowed to work in the U.S. for over 10 years
who keeps the food on the table? In fact this is only applied for the aliens of south of the
border (Citizens of Europe are permitted to obtain the green card without leaving the
U.S.). Yes, life is unfair.
With the new Proposal that the USCIS is talking about you will not be treated as a
European citizen nor will receive any benefits with your waiver requirements. What the
Obama Administration is proposing is something much more modest, you’ll have to go
through all the waiver application paperwork and you will have to wait for the result but
you won’t have to leave the U.S. until the green card appointment takes place
Also, with this regulation there will be more limitations. Only immediate relatives of
U.S. citizens will be able to apply for this new waiver process, only unlawful presence
waivers are included and the extreme hardship must be to qualifying relatives who are
What this new proposal wants is to enable more U.S. citizens to apply the legalization
of their spouses so the number of illegal aliens would dramatically get lower. We would
like to let you know that this new policy is only at the proposal stage and it might take
months until is fully implemented, anyhow we think that this would be a great time to
prepare your I-601 waiver application.
Ask more about this to Michael Shabani of Shabani & Associates, and he would be
happy to inform you about this and other relevant issues.