National Immigration News Updates from the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC)
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1. Parole In Place for Military Families: a legalization program that allows certain immediate family members of those who are serving or have served in the military to legalize their status. Under immigration law this would apply to the military member’s:
- child (if unmarried and under 21 years old)
- parent (if the military member is over 21 years old)
For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website
2. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): a legalization program that applies to certain people who came to the United States under the age of 16 and have resided in the US since July 15, 2007. For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website.
3. Provisional Waiver (Family Unity Waiver): A way for certain people who entered the United States without inspection and are married to a US citizen to file a hardship waiver while in the United States. Although it would still require a return to one’s home country, the idea is that someone could leave fairly sure they would be readmitted. For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website.
4. Petitions for Same Sex Spouses (DOMA): Due to the Supreme Court Ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) certain US Citizen spouses can now sponsor their same sex husbands/wives. For more information please call BIC to make an appointment or visit this website.
5. Comprehensive Immigration Reform: As of yet there is no national legalization program, but we are hopeful that Congress will work on this again in the spring. Even though it seems there is finally light at the end of the tunnel, it is important to understand that as of now, there is no program. It is important that community members continue to get their information from qualified immigration attorneys or other accredited immigration centers like BIC
Please avoid notarios and confirm what you think you have heard on the news with an immigration expert!