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New Immigration Rule Protects Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens

President Biden’s recent announcement of a new program provides a promising opportunity for thousands of undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens to secure permanent residency without leaving the country. Here’s how this new policy can benefit you and how our firm can assist you in navigating this process.

Understanding the New Program

On Tuesday, June 18, President Biden unveiled a sweeping new government program aimed at protecting undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation and granting them work authorization while they pursue permanent residency. This significant policy change comes as a relief to many immigrant families, allowing them to stay together and avoid the lengthy separations previously required under current immigration laws.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for this program, immigrants must meet the following criteria:

  • Residency: Must have lived in the United States for at least ten years as of June 17, 2024.
  • Marital Status: Must be legally married to a U.S. citizen by June 17, 2024.
  • Legal Status: Cannot have been paroled and must not pose a threat to public safety and national security.

On average, eligible individuals have resided in the United States for 23 years. The new rule permits these immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work for up to three years while they apply for permanent legal status.

Benefits of New Immigration Programs

The newly announced immigration program by President Biden offers several significant benefits. First and foremost, it is set to shield 500,000 spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation. It also provides protections for about 50,000 children under the age of 21 of immigrant spouses.

In addition, the government believes this rule will lead to benefits, including:

  • Family Unity: By allowing noncitizen spouses and children of U.S. citizens to apply for lawful permanent residence without leaving the country, the plan avoids lengthy family separations.
  • Economic Benefits: The plan provides eligible individuals access to work permits for up to three years, enabling them to contribute to the economy while their permanent residency applications are processed.
  • Legal Pathways: It simplifies the immigration process by permitting eligible immigrants to apply for permanent residency without having to leave the U.S., streamlining the process and reducing bureaucratic hurdles. The program also aims to encourage immigrants to seek legal status and integrate fully into American society by expanding legal pathways to residency overall.

Litwin & Smith: Your Trusted Partner in Immigration Law

At Litwin & Smith, we understand the challenges and complexities of immigration law. Our experienced team is here to provide comprehensive support and guidance through every step of the process. Here’s how we can assist you:

1. Eligibility Assessment

We will evaluate your case to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for this new program. Our thorough assessment ensures that all necessary conditions are met, maximizing your chances of approval.

2. Application Preparation

Navigating the application process can be daunting. Our attorneys will assist in preparing and submitting your application, ensuring that all required documentation is complete and accurate. We pay close attention to detail to avoid common pitfalls and delays.

3. Legal Representation

Should any issues arise during the application process, we provide robust legal representation. Our team is equipped to handle complex immigration matters. It will advocate for your rights to ensure you and your family can stay together in the U.S.

4. Work Authorization

We help you obtain work authorization, allowing you to legally work in the United States. At the same time, your application for permanent residency is being processed. This not only supports your financial stability but also aids in your integration into the community.

5. Family Unity

At Litwin & Smith, we prioritize family unity. We understand the emotional and psychological impact of separation and work diligently to keep families together. Our compassionate approach ensures that your family’s needs are at the forefront of our efforts.

Make the Most of Expanded Immigration Eligibility With Litwin & Smith

President Biden’s new program marks a significant step forward in providing undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens a pathway to permanent residency. At Litwin & Smith, we are committed to helping you navigate this new opportunity. Our experienced team is ready to assist you with personalized legal support, ensuring you can achieve your dream of permanent residency in the United States.Contact Litwin & Smith today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward securing your future in the United States. Together, we can make your American dream a reality.

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