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Miami undocumented immigrants could benefit from new rule

While undocumented immigrants can be found throughout the nation there are certainly a fair number in the Miami area. Individuals seeking to change their immigration status will be happy to hear about the recent announcement made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The announcement changes the current law regarding where applicants need to reside while waiting to learn if their application is accepted.

In the past, certain undocumented immigrants seeking to become residents of the United States via an immigration-law waiver have had to return to their home country to file the documentation. After doing so they also needed remain in their home country while waiting for a decision. As one can imagine in most cases this poses serious hardship not only on the applicant but on their family members as well.

Come March 4, 2013, these applicants will no longer have to spend the entire time in their home country. Though it will still be necessary for the applicant to return to their home country at the time of the visa interview, the initial application can actually be filed from the U.S.

To seek residency via this method the individuals must be either married to or parents of individuals who are citizens of the U.S. In many cases these individuals are supporting their spouses and children either financially and/or emotionally. If either of these is the case it is obvious why undocumented immigrants may have been hesitant to initiate the process in the past.

This new rule is expected to bring many of those individuals to the surface. Thought it is unclear just how many will now decide to seek residency it is probably a good idea for all of them to work with an immigration attorney on the matter.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, "IMMIGRATION: New rule means less time away from families," David Olson, Jan. 2, 2012

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