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January 2018
Immigration FAQs

What are the chances that a DACA-related bill will pass this year in Congress?
There are numerous bills in Congress right now, and it is hoped that one will be passed before the March 5, 2018 deadline. CNN has summarized the four ones to look out for below:
• RAC Act (“Recognizing America's Children Act”)
Citizenship: Applicants would need to live in the U.S. for five years as a conditional permanent resident, and then five years as a green card holder in order to be eligible for citizenship.
Travel: Under the bill, DACA recipients could travel outside of the U.S. right away, something current DACA doesn't allow.
Requirements: Applicants will have arrived in the U.S. at 16 years or younger and will have lived here since January 1, 2012; must either have a high school diploma or be enrolled in school, have a valid work authorization, or enlist in the military. All the bills require a background check.

• Bridge Act (“Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act”)

Citizenship: The Bridge Act does not support a pathway to citizenship. It is a three-year visa that must be renewed by Congress.
Travel: No travel is allowed outside the U.S. during the three-year visa period.
Requirements: Applicants will have entered the U.S. before 16 years of age and will have lived here continuously since June 15, 2007; must be enrolled in school or have a high school degree or GED, or be honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces; must not have committed three or more misdemeanors.

• Succeed Act (“Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Education, Defending our nation Act”)
Citizenship: After 15 years, as a conditional permanent resident (10 years) and a green card holder (five years), DACA recipients would be able to apply for citizenship.
Travel: International travel is allowed under the bill.
Requirements: Applicants must have entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and be younger than 31 on June 15, 2012, and must have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2012; must have earned a high school diploma or GED or be enrolled in higher education, or have served or enlisted in the Army.

• Dream Act (“Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act”)
Citizenship: The Dream Act provides the fastest pathway. After five years as a legal permanent resident, applicants can apply for citizenship.
Requirements: Applicants must have entered the U.S. before the age of 18 and have lived here for four years prior to the bill's enactment. Unlike the other bills, there is no date associated with the age requirement. A GED or high school diploma or enrollment in a higher education program is required.


APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR January  2018

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

15Mar11

15Mar11

2A

01Feb16

01Feb16

2B

01Dec10

01Dec10

3rd

08Oct05

08Oct05

4th

15Dec03

22Jun04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

22Nov08

Current

3rd

01Nov06

Current

Other

01Nov06

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - January 2018

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jan12

01Jan12

2A

01Nov16

01Nov16

2B

01Sep11

01Sep11

3rd

01Dec05

01Dec05

4th

22Jun04

15Nov04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

08Feb09

Current

3rd

01Jan08

Current

Other

01Jan08

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-for-january-2018.html

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