2014 Immigration Reform

Immigration Lawyer Serving Norwalk, Danbury & Waterbury

New developments are occurring at this time in immigration law. President Obama's bid to overhaul antiquated immigration laws has become one of the most stirring topics to debate as of late. You may be wondering how that affects you and your own immigration status.

Immigration laws can be complicated enough. These new reforms may be able to help expedite the process though, and with our help, you can have a much less complicated experience. Having a capable Waterbury immigration attorney on your side to provide you legal counsel and help prepare you for the path towards living lawfully in the United States.

Reform Can Help You Gain Access to Opportunities

Essentially, the new system was made to give better access to those who have demonstrated maintaining good standing with the law. For example, parents of U.S. citizens who have resided in the country for more than five years, have passed background checks, and pay taxes, may be able to extend a temporary stay in the U.S. Also, for those in the process of applying for a green card, they can be given extended authorization to work and even a temporary legal status.

The downside of these advantages, however, is that Congress has not come to an agreement and has yet to pass the bill. The amount of backlash involved in the bill from many sources, especially the media, has also contributed to overwhelming debates.

These are the issues Congress is still divided over:

  • Allowing a streamlined path to citizenship for immigrants that pay taxes, clear background checks, speak English, and take a place at the back of the line
  • Added border security by employing 20,000 more Border Patrol agents
  • Penalizing companies that hire illegal or undocumented individuals
  • An overhaul to the entire system to make it run smoother and much simpler

The Senate has already passed the bill over 500 days ago, but the Republican-led House has yet to do so. If there is no agreement, the bill could die. In the meantime, for those immigrants who are trying to make a better life for themselves, may find that the road is a difficult one to navigate. That is why we recommend you speak to an attorney from the Law Offices of James A. Welcome. While this reform is still being decided upon, we can help you get started on the immigration process.

We Offer Compassionate & Attentive Support in Norwalk, Danbury & Waterbury

Many clients who have come to us in the past have shown great appreciation for all the ways we have assisted with their immigration process. Whether it was assistance with green card and visa applications, or for protection against deportation, we have represented many in our years of service as legal professionals. Our firm is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Contact our Waterbury immigration lawyer today to learn more about the reform and for assistance with your immigration goals!