The landscape of immigration reform is constantly changing. In the past year, there have been many changes to immigration laws in the United States. If you are not sure whether you qualify for any benefits, it is important to check back regularly. This article will provide an overview of the most recent changes and what they mean for immigrants and their families. It is also important to seek legal advice if you have specific questions about your situation. At Puntier Law we offer consultations with legal experts who can work with you to develop a legal plan for you and your loved ones.
Recent changes to immigration law:
In recent years the Trump administration led many changes to immigration laws in the United States that are still in effect under the Biden Administration.
- The Trump administration has made it harder for people to immigrate to the United States by imposing stricter requirements on visa applications and increasing fees.
- The administration also sought to eliminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided protection from deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. There is pending litigation in this area. As of now, it is still available for renewals, but is no longer available for initial applications.
The sweep of changes during the Trump Administration was a reminder of the importance of adjusting your status if you plan to stay in the country legally as soon as possible. Many people who qualified for immigration benefits found themselves disqualified as these changes took place.
Get a consultation with an experienced attorney
If you or a loved one needs to adjust their status the best thing you can do is get a consultation with an experienced attorney. We stay up to date on the latest news and legislation for you. For instance, we recently learned that the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear the DACA case Texas v. United States, which could result in new opportunities for our DACA eligible clients. Our experienced attorneys stay on top of the latest and also tend to have more connections in the legal space that help us navigate the system for you. This can make a difference in your case especially if it is being built on an immigration policy that requires subjective insights like interviews and character evaluations. At Puntier Law we have helped many individuals and families in Atlanta obtain green cards and citizenship.
If one attorney turns you down get a second opinion
At Puntier law we have obtained positive outcomes on cases that were turned down by other attorneys. Our team has the experience and can get more creative than most when it comes to building a strong case. For example, we had a client who thought they had no options to adjust their status without leaving the country. But our attorneys did some extra digging and found out that their spouse had been in the military. This made our client eligible for a permanent residency through a little-known benefit called Parole in Place. We got our client legal residency through this benefit after another attorney had turned down their case.
If you don’t qualify for anything, check again
We know it can be frustrating to have missed a window of opportunity by waiting too long to take action. If you were negatively affected by immigration reform you can always check back again with an experienced attorney if your situation changes in any way. In the same way, immigration reform can work against you it can also work in your favor. There may be cases where you didn’t qualify for immigration benefits in the past but may be eligible now due to a change in immigration law.
Keep pursuing your immigration dream
It’s important to understand that immigration reform is an ongoing process and immigration laws are constantly changing. This is why it’s so important to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney who can help you navigate these changes. Find out if you qualify for any benefits as soon as possible and if you don’t, check back again regularly. At Puntier Law, we offer consultations with legal experts who can work with you to develop a legal plan for you and your loved ones. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.