There is not a new U.S. immigration amnesty law.
Whenever there is a new major immigration law proposed, my phone starts ringing. The top two questions: “Will it apply to me?”, and “when can I apply?”
To all who have already called me or emailed, and to those who will do so in the next few weeks, below is the four part answer to those questions:
First, there is no new law. Only the outline of a proposal has been made public. Soon an actual bill may be introduced in the House and the Senate
Second, any bill introduced now is not what the law will say when – and if - it is later passed by Congress. If this proposal is even actually taken up and considered by Congress, the legislation will first undergo hundreds of changes before there will be any chance of the legislation becoming a new law.
Third, this does not mean to give up hope that some law will pass that may benefit you. There is presently considerable support in Congress to implement positive changes to our immigration system. We all have to wait and see how this develops.
And fourth, be careful. I always have to give this reminder whenever rumors are circulating of a new immigration laws. There are good immigration providers and there are people who take advantage of your hope to just get your money. If you wish to watch how the proposed legislation develops over the next several months, follow multiple reputable news sources. Do NOT rely on social media posts and comments.
If a new law does pass, chose an immigration service provider carefully. Look for knowledgeable immigration attorneys or agencies with non-attorneys accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Never trust anyone who does not take the time to deeply question and document your complete immigration history. Aside from the obvious questions you would expect, a thorough immigration provider will discuss the details all of your entries and exits, history of any immigration filings by you or your relatives, details of documents you have used to work in the U.S., and any contacts you and your family have had with U.S. officials. At some point, they may even ask about traffic tickets, so be prepared for a long discussion!