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Permanent Residency Permit for Spouses of U.S. Citizens

Permiso de permanencia para cónyuges de ciudadanos estadounidenses

President Biden has announced a new executive order that will significantly change the immigration processes in the United States. In a recent interview, attorneys Ernesto and Nathan from Abogados Centro Legal discussed the details and implications of this new policy for the immigrant community in Alabama and Georgia.

Announcement Details 

President Biden’s new announcement promises significant changes in how U.S. citizens can apply for residency for their spouses who entered the country without inspection. According to Nathan, this new executive order will eliminate the need to leave the country to complete certain consular processes, a change that will relieve many families.

Before the Announcement

Before this announcement, U.S. citizens who wanted to apply for residency for their spouses had to follow a complicated process. If the spouse had entered the country without inspection, they had to first apply for a waiver within the United States and then complete the consular process in their country of origin. This process was long and costly and caused fear and stress to families, as there was a risk of not being able to return to the United States.

Changes with the New Executive Order 

With the new executive order, it is now possible for the spouses of U.S. citizens to remain in the country during the process. This is possible through “parole in place,” which allows applicants to stay in the United States while their application is processed. This change greatly benefits families, eliminating the risk of separation and the costs associated with travel and consular processes.

Requirements and Preparations 

To take advantage of this new benefit, applicants must start preparing their documentation as soon as possible. Ernesto recommends gathering evidence of residence in the United States for at least 10 years, such as tax returns, bank records, lease agreements, and any other official document that can demonstrate continuous presence in the country.

Additionally, it is important to keep other essential documents up to date, such as the passport, birth and marriage certificates, and medical records, including the COVID-19 vaccine, as this is a mandatory requirement for the medical examination needed for residency.

Avoiding Scams 

With any change in immigration laws, scams often arise. Nathan and Ernesto emphasize the importance of working with reliable attorneys and avoiding notaries or individuals who offer to expedite the process for an additional fee. It is always best to consult with qualified professionals to ensure that the process is handled correctly.

This new executive announcement represents a significant opportunity for many immigrant families in the United States. However, it is essential to act quickly and prepare all necessary documentation to take advantage of these changes before potential challenges affect the implementation of the new policy. At Abogados Centro Legal, we are committed to providing the most up-to-date information and helping our clients navigate this new process successfully.

For more information and assistance, do not hesitate to contact our team at Abogados Centro Legal. We can answer your questions and help you understand how these changes can benefit you and your family. Call us at 205-506-2129 or schedule your consultation.

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