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Immigration Reform News Briefs

Provided by Humera Subhani Email Provided by Humera Subhani
July 2013
Immigration Reform News Briefs

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Immigration reform: a hot topic in D.C.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush argued for immigration reform, saying that more legal immigration would add to our workforce, creating revenue from payroll taxes. Other Republicans disagree.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that he thinks the reform bill will pass the Senate by July 4 with 70 votes, i.e. almost every Democrat and at least 15 Republicans would vote yes. Other Democrats have been doubtful and have asked constituents to contact their Senators to ask them to vote yes. House Speaker Boehner is said to support it and to want Congress to pass some sort of immigration reform before the August recess. However, Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) issued a joint statement that it will have to be modified from the Senate version. And with August so close, it is not sure if anything will actually be accomplished.

Good news for family-based category
The family-based, second-preference "A" (FB2A) category is for spouses and children of U.S. permanent residents. It is usually backlogged, requiring years of waiting for a visa number. However, the current Visa Bulletin says that this category may become "current" in the near future.

If it does become current, there is no way of knowing how long it will be current or how far the dates may roll back. Therefore, eligible candidates who have not yet filed their FB2A cases should file their I-130 petition to establish an FB priority date as soon as possible.

VISA PREFERENCE NUMBERS FOR July 2013

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jun06

01Jun06

2A

08Oct11

08Oct11

2B

01Nov05

01Nov05

3rd

01Oct02

01Oct02

4th

22May01

22May01

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

01Sep04

Current

3rd

22Jan03

01Jan09

Other

22Jan03

01Jan09

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B



 

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