- Now that the immigration reform has been introduced, what does it imply?
- Some documents could start to be prepared.
- Will the immigration reform be approved?
What could be the documents and requirements needed to obtain citizenship with the immigration reform? Recently it was announced that the Democrats have presented a plan to give papers to millions of undocumented people in the United States.
Democrats proposed this Friday to legalize 8 million undocumented immigrants as part of an Immigration Reform that would be approved under the “budget reconciliation” process, which would allow them to do so without the help of Republicans.
They present immigration reform to give citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants
The legislators made that proposal during the meeting that they held this Friday with the Republicans with the Senate “parliamentarian”, Elizabeth MacDonough, in charge of interpreting the rules of the legislative process to approve the reform.
Now that the law has been presented, it would be necessary to wait for the approval of MacDonough and with it, the revelation of the main documents and requirements that the immigration reform would request to grant the papers to millions of undocumented immigrants.
What are some of the documents and requirements for citizenship with immigration reform?
Although the details of the proposal have not been disclosed as of the writing of this note, there are already a series of documents and requirements to obtain citizenship even before the expected immigration reform. The place Abogado.com he took on the task of listing them.
The main documents and requirements that immigration reform could ask for to access citizenship are: Be over 18 years old at the time of applying for benefits, demonstrate that you have lived in the state or district where the application is filed with the USCIS for what least three months before, among others.
Other documents and requirements that may be necessary for immigration reform
Proving the “continuous” residence of the undocumented in the country could be another requirement. It is worth mentioning that during the first proposals it was pointed out that immigrants arriving after January 1, 2021 would be excluded from the benefits.
In addition, demonstrating knowledge of basic English is another of the things necessary to access citizenship today, and it probably will be if immigration reform is passed. That meeting where the reform was presented was similar to a “trial.”
More documents and requirements that immigration reform could ask for
In said “trial” Democrats and Republicans presented their arguments to MacDonough, who must issue a kind of “ruling”, something that is not imminent and will not occur at least until next week, according to a Democratic source who spoke to Efe .
Other requirements include having knowledge of a good part of the history and government of the United States, which could be demonstrated through the application of civics tests, according to the website Abogado.com
Fundamental requirement to obtain your papers
“Being a person of good moral character” is another of the requirements that the aforementioned media has indicated as necessary to obtain citizenship at the moment and that, probably, is contemplated at the time of requesting the benefits of the immigration reform.
The Democrats defended that all the requirements are met to approve migratory changes alone through a process known as “reconciliation” and that allows a budget law to be carried out in the Senate with a simple majority of 50 votes, instead of the 60 that they are normally needed.
Documents to avoid ‘obstacles’ and receive the papers
Documents, such as a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a divorce certificate, as well as papers showing your educational level and employment, such as pay stubs, are some of the documents you may need to obtain your immigration reform papers.
However, something that could make the papers difficult for undocumented people living in the United States is that the Democrats do not have any support from the senators of the Republican Party, who for decades have opposed passing immigration reform.
They reveal essential document to obtain citizenship
Other documents for citizenship, such as the fulfillment of obligations, such as payment of pension or child support, are some of the most common that the Al Día Dallas portal has listed with the support of immigration lawyers so that immigrants prepare in case of be approved.
As previously mentioned, having been in the US before January 1, 2021 is a fundamental requirement for immigration reform, and that is why documents such as receipts for services, such as telephone, electricity or rent, as well as records of entries and exits of the country and photographs will be essential to obtain the papers.
Who qualifies for immigration reform?
Another important point that the reform could contemplate is passing a “criminal background check and national security check.” The same that could be carried out by the federal agencies of the United States to determine if the immigrant applying for residency or citizenship is eligible.
Democrats called for the regularization of four groups that number 8 million migrants: the “dreamers”, the farm workers, the essential workers (such as medical personnel) and the migrants who have accessed an immigration protection called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). , in English).
What is needed to pass the reform and have citizenship?
For MacDonough to position himself in their favor, the Democrats had to prove that the immigration changes will have an impact on the federal budget and that this impact will be substantial and not “merely incidental,” reported and Efe.
This is defined in the so-called Byrd Rule, named after the late Senator Robert Byrd, who was in charge of establishing the rules of the process. To prove that point, Democrats said that regularizing 8 million people will cost the US $ 139 billion.
Undocumented people could get ‘extra’ aid with the reform
The previous figure contemplates a period of 10 years, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that the aforementioned source explained to Efe. Specifically, the regularization of these migrants would have a cost because they could automatically access social programs.
Programs such as food assistance vouchers would be available to new citizens. Ironically, Democrats are using the argument Republicans have used for years to oppose immigration reform.
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