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New immigration policy seeks to keep families together

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | Immigration Law

Immigration policies in the United States are frequently changing. One recent change could make it easier for noncitizen spouses and children of U.S. citizens to become lawful permanent residents. It’s estimated that approximately half of U.S. non-citizen spouses and around 50,000 individuals who are under 21 and who have a parent married to a U.S. citizen will benefit from this new policy.

The new process is meant to help individuals who are already in this country to apply for that status without having to go back to their native country. By being able to petition for lawful permanent residency while they’re still in the U.S., the family can remain together. 

Who’s eligible for this new policy?

People who have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years and are married to a U.S. citizen are eligible as long as they meet all other requirements for lawful permanent residency. Learning about the requirements they must meet can help these individuals to ensure they have everything they need to seek permanent residency.

Some individuals who want to take advantage of the new policy will need approval from the Department of Homeland Security. When this occurs, the person has three years to apply. During that time, they can remain eligible to work in the U.S. 

Comprehensive eligibility requirements for this immigration policy haven’t been provided yet. Our team is monitoring information that’s released about this policy so we can determine how it will affect our clients. We strive to always provide the most up-to-date information that may affect current and future immigration applications. We’re available to answer questions regarding the ever-changing immigration policies.