As someone seeking to enter the U.S., you might despair when you hear about the government taking steps to ‘improve’ border enforcement. Headlines such as that have often meant that getting into the U.S. was about to become even more difficult.
You may be pleased to learn that some of the recently announced set of improvements could be positive for you. Here are the new changes:
Sending troops to the border
It might not initially sound like a positive, but they are being sent to free up Customs and Border Protection staff to get back to processing applications. The idea is to reduce delays and help those with legitimate reasons to enter the country do so.
Improving the processing of work authorizations
The government is designating additional staff to process Employment Authorization Document (EAD) applications as of October 1. The aim is to cut processing time from 90 to 30 days. The initial six-month wait before being able to apply still stands, as only Congress can change that.
Extension to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans
Venezuelans already in the U.S. before July 31 this year now have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the right to a work permit for 18 months. It means they can get on with building a new life and contributing to the economy without the threat of deportation hanging over their heads.
There are other measures which, depending on your situation, you might not find so helpful. For instance, the steps taken to speed up the removal and return of those ineligible to enter or stay in the U.S.
Learning more about immigration law changes can help you make the best decisions for you and your family.