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WHAT SHOULD IMMIGRANTS PREPARE TO DO WHILE CONGRESS PROPOSES TO GRANT “PAROLE” TO SEVEN (7) MILLION UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS?

By SID GARBANZOS
Attorney-at-Law
November 6, 2021

The U.S. Congress is currently proposing a bill that would grant “PAROLE” to almost seven (7) million immigrants with unlawful status or undocumented aliens in the United States.
This “PAROLE” bill would grant those with unlawful status who entered or have been residing in the United States before January 1, 2011, with work authorizations and allowed to travel abroad. The bill would also allow those with unlawful status to apply for a driver’s license.

The “GRANTS of PAROLE” would be good for FIVE (5) years, renewable for another FIVE (5)-year period.

Applicants for “PAROLE” must pass a criminal and national security background check.

In the current House version of the bill, Democrats have also included a provision allowing immigrants to access green cards that have gone unused, usually because of bureaucratic delays, dating as far back as 1992. Depending on how the program is implemented, more than 2.2 million visas could be “recaptured” in order to reduce backlogs and wait times by as much as 20 years, according to calculations by David Bier, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. For someone “at the back of the line,” Bier says, “this would be a monumental difference.”

WHAT SHOULD IMMIGRANTS PREPARE TO DO WHILE CONGRESS IS PROPOSING TO GRANT ‘PAROLE’ TO THE SEVEN (7) MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS?

  1. HAVE A RELATIVE FILE A PETITION IF YOU QUALIFY BECAUSE CONGRESS MAY ALLOCATE VISAS TO THOSE ALREADY IN LINE. QUALIFYING RELATIVES INCLUDE BROTHER OR SISTER, MOTHER OR FATHER AND SON OR DAUGHTER WHO ARE CURRENTLY “GREEN CARD” HOLDERS OR U.S. CITIZENS.
  2. KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR PRESENCE IN THE U.S. such as Checking or Savings Account, Money Remittances (Western Union), Cell Phone or Cable Bills, Credit Card Bills, Utility Bills such as Electric or Gas, Tax Documents, Medical Records (doctor’s/hospital bills/children immunization records), Lease, School Records (Transcript of Records), Your Children’s School Records (Report Cards), Employment Records among others.
  3. OBTAIN A CURRENT PASSPORT OR CONSULAR ID FROM YOUR CONSULATE OR EMBASSY.
  4. OBTAIN AN ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
  5. DO NOT LOSE YOUR I-94 ARRIVAL DOCUMENTS.
  6. AVOID USING PHONY NAMES ON OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS.
  7. LEARN ENGLISH.
  8. PAY TAXES. YOU CAN OBTAIN AN INCOME TAX IDENTIFICATION OR ITIN NUMBER IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. A LEGAL OR TAX PROFESSIONAL CAN ASSIST YOU IN OBTAINING AN INCOME TAX ID NUMBER.
  9. IF YOU WERE ARRESTED or DETAINED BY THE POLICE, GET AN ARREST DISPOSITION FROM THE CLERK’S OFFICE OF THE COUNTY WHERE YOU WERE ARRESTED.
  10. BEWARE OF IMMIGRATION SCAMS.
  11. SAVE FOR FEES, BACK TAXES AND PENALTIES (Fees and Penalties could be up to $5,000 or more)

Sources:
https://time.com/6111649/reconciliation-bill-immigration/
https://www.cato.org/blog/different-green-card-recapture-proposals-offer-wildly-divergent-outcomes

Attorney SID GARBANZOS is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C. Practice areas: Civil Litigation, RN/Medical Profession Legal Defense, Criminal Defense and Immigration. Please note that this article is written for a gratuitous purpose only and no attorney-client relationship is created in this publication. This article is not, nor intended to be legal advice. The reader should consult with a reputable lawyer based on his or her individual circumstances. Please call Garbanzos Law Firm at (718)725-7324 or (646)823-7459 www.garbanzoslaw.com if you have any consultation questions.

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