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Anticipating changes to family visas many take action

As immigration reform is hashed out in the nation’s capital, some individuals interested in immigrating to locations such as Miami are working to proactively protect themselves from changes that could potentially make it more difficult to obtain a green card. One of those changes is the elimination of preferences when a family member seeks to get a green card. While certain groups of immigrants, such as those originally from countries in Asia, rely more heavily upon family visas to get to the U.S., currently, they are open to everyone. 

In different versions of the bill the elimination of visas for siblings, and in the Senate bill, married adult children as well is being considered. Depending on the circumstances of the person seeking to move to the United States, these changes could greatly reduce the options available for getting into the U.S.

In an effort to take advantage of that option while it is still available, many are being encouraged to apply for the family visa and get on the waiting list, now. The assumption is that if a bill passes that changes the way in which family visas may be obtained, those already on the waiting list will be grandfathered in. Because the current waiting list is extremely long, individuals who choose to apply will likely not see movement on the matter anytime soon.

There are likely many individuals who believe that the only way they will be able to get a green card is via family immigration. The reality may be much different however. Because immigration laws are complex and often change, anyone who is interested in establishing a way to be in the country legally, would likely benefit from working with an immigration lawyer.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, “Asians urged to apply for family visas, in case they're done away with,” Cindy Chang, July 30, 2013