For many years, people from Mexico and other foreign countries have
illegally crossed the borders into the United States seeking a safer and
more financially secure life.
Unfortunately, this illegal crossing of American borders requires the
individual and his or her family to live a lie in order to gain American
employment or receive any of the citizenship benefits afforded to natural-born
Americans. Although these individuals
are simply seeking the same opportunities as their legal counterparts, it is
too late once they have lived illegally in the country. If discovered, the
chances are good that deportation will be swift to follow. Once this occurs,
all hopes for a better future are gone.
However, the U.S.
government has recently developed a means for amnesty for illegal immigrants, in an effort to quell the numbers of illegal immigrants.
Amnesty simply means the government
forgives a person for entering the country illegally. Thus, amnesty leaves the door open for the
illegal immigrant to seek legal permanent residency and possibly naturalization
as a citizen in the future. However,
specific guidelines must be met before the government can grant amnesty:
forward immediately to receive probationary legal status
entry is before January 1, 2007, a renewable Z-visa is issued
head of the house must return to the country of origin and pay a $5,000 fine
brought to America as minors, and still under 30 years of age, can get a green
card after 3 years
workers establishing 3 years or 150 hours of labor can apply for a green card
cannot be converted to green cards until border security and workplace
enforcement is in place.
will only be processed after the backlog is cleared
Unfortunately, the criteria for
obtaining amnesty and gaining status as a legal immigrant or an American
citizen can be a long and complicated process. Hard working aliens will often
wait many years before achieving naturalization and all the rights of
Obviously, it is preferable to enter the
country legally and then begin the process. But starting the process allows
aliens to avoid the prospect of future deportation. Only individuals participating in criminal or
illegal activities can be positive of being unceremoniously booted out of the
Anyone who has entered the United States illegally before January 1, 2007
has some recourse and a real hope of remaining in America. Plus, well-educated
individuals have the knowledge and help needed to forge through legal documents
If you are considering immigration the United States, you should consult with a qualified immigration lawyer.