In July 2022, a bill was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives to open the way for eight million undocumented immigrants to receive citizenship. The “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929” would allow foreign nationals currently in the U.S. an adjustment of status and eligibility to apply for a green card.
What is the Immigration Registry?
The immigration registry is just part of the larger Immigration Act of 1929. The Act allowed immigrants to apply for a green card if they could prove that they entered the U.S. before 1921. Additionally, the foreign national must have continuously stayed in the U.S. and demonstrated good moral character.
Updates have been made to the Act since its inception, the most recent being in 1986. That reform made it so an immigrant could qualify for a green card if they have been continuously living in the U.S. since January 1, 1972. According to the American Immigration Council, tens of thousands of individuals have receive lawful permanent resident status from the registry.
If passed as it’s currently laid out, the Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929 would make a significant change for immigrants who wish to obtain a green card. Rather than setting a certain date, the updated registry would allow those who have continuously lived in the U.S. for at least seven years to apply for a green card. The registry would be rolling and be open to new applications each year.
There are many benefits of getting a green card including:
- The ability to live and work permanently in the U.S.;
- Access to Social Security benefits;
- The ability to apply for U.S. citizenship after five years of being a lawful permanent resident;
- Eligibility for government jobs;
- Protection from deportation; and,
- The potential to sponsor other relatives to come to the U.S.
How Can I Help Myself or a Loved One Legally Stay in the U.S.?
If you or a loved one are in the U.S. and wondering if you are eligible for the registry or other adjustment of status, it’s essential to consult with an immigration attorney. The dedicated team at Murray Osorio PLLC knows that immigration law is complex and ever-changing. We can help you navigate the process and ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable laws. Set up a consultation by reaching out to us online or by phone. (800) 929-7142