Undocumented Immigrants to receive Legal Status, Work and Travel Authorization under Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
In completing the Senate Judiciary Committee markup process last week, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration form bill cleared a substantial hurdle on its path to becoming law. This bill, S. 744 The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, offers meaningful benefits to undocumented immigrants in the form of Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status. The Senate RPI Plan allows qualified undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to become documented by filing an application to adjust to RPI status. If granted, RPI status holders will enjoy a 6 year temporary protected status during which they may travel and work with authorization and will eventually be provided a path to a green card, provided they meet certain requirements.
Provided the proposed plan becomes law, in order to be eligible for RPI status an applicant must meet the following requirements:
1) must have been physically present in the United States on or December 31, 2011
2) must have maintained continuous residence in the United States since December 31, 2011;
3) must have a clean criminal record;
4) must pay $1000 penalty in addition to the filling fee;
5) must pay all federal taxes for which they are liable; and
6) must not have been in a lawful nonimmigrant or immigrant status when the bill was introduced into the Senate in April 2013.
A clean immigration record is not required to qualify for RPI Status. Any individual who remains in the U.S. despite a removal or voluntary departure order is still eligible to apply.
Although the Senate bill is still working its way through the legislative process, we are optimistic that a comprehensive immigration reform bill will pass in late July 2013 and will be signed into effect by the President in August 2013. The initial application period for RPI status will last 12 months and will begin immediately upon the law taking affect. However, no applications will be processed until the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security submits a border security plan to Congress, which may take up to 6 months after the bill’s passage.
If you have any questions about RPI status or any other immigration matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Reddy & Neumann office during our scheduled weekly conference call every Thursday at 10:30 am CST. An attorney will be on the call to answer your RPI related questions. Conference dial-in number: (760) 569-7676, Participant access code: 977835. Additionally, if you would like to discuss the details of your case with an attorney, feel free to stop by our office at 11000 Richmond, Suite 300, Houston, TX 77042. Free RPI Consultations will be available every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 AM CST to 11:00 AM CST.
Reddy & Neumann P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years. Our firm has successfully represented clients across the United States in their efforts to bring family members. Foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. The attorneys of Reddy & Neumann, P.C. are highly experienced in working with non-immigrant and immigrant visas of all sorts.