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Undocumented Immigrants

Update to the Immigration Registry Bill Passed in July of 2022

By August 3, 2022August 5th, 2022No Comments

There has been a new proposal made to update the immigration registry bill. A bill has been propositioned allowing undocumented immigrants, who have been residing in the United States for at least seven months, to adjust and legalize their status. This bill would alter the “Registry”, a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, by permitting these undocumented residents of the United States to apply for a green card (Lawful Permanent Resident status). In order to be a qualifier for this proposal, an undocumented resident must have arrived in this country before the “registry date” and must have resided in this country since their arrival date. Also, they must be able to display “good moral character” as all applicants must pass background checks (criminal and national security) to qualify for a green card.

The number of undocumented immigrants that have become LPRs has decreased since the creation of the registry provision in 1929, so the bill introduced on July 20th would help other undocumented immigrants living in the United States qualify. This bill would ultimately permit and enable the countless undocumented immigrants who are long-term residents of the United States to qualify for green cards. There is firm support for the passing of this bill in the decades to come to update the registry date. This update to the registry will improve the citizenship pathway for undocumented immigrants that have resided in the United States for the necessary time period.