IMMIGRATION GUIDE (13)
The pro-amnesty, anti-family immigration bill is dead in the water. Like a sailboat with its sails up but with no wind, it is stalled.
It became stalled when a coalition tried to ram the bill by moving to stop further debate.
But good always triumphs over evil. Their scheme was stopped when 50 Senators voted against it -- 38 Republicans, 11 Democrats, and 1 independent (Sen. Bernard Sanders).
Only 45 voted to stop debate -- 37 Democrats (including Hawaii Senators Inouye and Akaka, according to the Honolulu Advertiser) and 7 Republicans and 1 Independent (Lieberman).
However, the bill is not dead yet. McKennedy (Sen. John McCain and Edward Kennedy) and their cohorts are planning to revive it.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE BILL
FAMILY CATEGORIES TO BE ELIMINATED
FAMILY CATEGORIES TO BE CAPPED OR LIMITED
*IR5 (Parents of U.S. citizens) - capped at 40,000 a year worldwide. This will be divided among all the countries of the world. Parents not given visas will be allowed to visit the U.S. for up to 100 days a year. At present there is no cap on visas for grandparents
*F-2A (spouses and minor children of permanent residents or green card holders) - capped at 87,000 a year worldwide.
The estimated 12 million illegal aliens now in the United States who entered the U.S. before January 1, 2007, will immediately be given probationary status under a Z visa. Their spouses, elderly parents, and children under 21 will also be given visas.
"I don't care how you spin it, this is amnesty," said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina.
Mitt Romney, the leading Republican presidential contender, reportedly called the plan the "wrong approach" and that it granted "a form of amnesty" on illegal immigrants. He denounced the plan as unfair to the millions of people who have applied to legally immigrate to the U.S.
However, proponents of the bill say it is not.
"Amnesty" means "the act of an authority (as a government) by which general pardon of an offense is granted often before trial or conviction, esp. to a large group of individuals " Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Vol. I p 71
Illegally entering the United States is a criminal offense. By giving these illegal aliens a Z visa, their offense will in effect be pardoned.
Z-1 visa grantees must be employed. They must also pay a $5000 fine. They will be required to pay fees.
They will also be fingerprinted and given a one day background check. Susmariosep. What can you find in one day? Lawful immigrants are subjected to background checks for months and even years.
IMMIGRATION FEES INCREASED
Beginning July 30, 2007, immigration fees for various immigration petitions and applications will increase to almost double their current rate.
However, unlike the anti-family bill, the fee increase is a "done deal".
There is nothing you can do to undo it.
Instead of crying over the increase, you can either:
CURRENT AND INCREASED FEES
The current and increased fees for the most popular petitions and applications among Filipinos are:
I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card - $195 to $370
I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e) - $190 to $455
I-130, Petition for Alien Relative - $190 to $355
I-131, Reentry Permit or Advance Parole - $170 to $305
I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status - $325 to $930 or $1,010 (with biometric)
I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status - $200 to $300
I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence - $205 to $465
I-765, Application for Employment Authorization - $180 to $340
I-824, Application for action on approved application - $200 to $340
N-336, Request hearing on a decision on naturalization application - $265 to $605
N-400, Application for Naturalization - $330 to $675 (including biometric)
N-565, Application for replacement of naturalization/citizenship certificate - $220 to $380
N-600, Application for certificate of citizenship - $255 to $460
N-600K, Application for citizenship and issuance of certificate under Section 322 (adopted child) - $$255 to $420
CAUTION: Most immigration forms do not yet reflect the increased fees. Consequently, applicants should not rely on the fee indicated in the form, unless it is dated after July 30, 2007.
USCIS has already waived fees for certain kinds of cases. If applicants believe that they are financially unable to pay the fees, they can apply for a fee waiver. For more information, visit the USCIS website http://uscis.gov or call 1-800-375-5283.
(Atty. Tipon is from Laoag City. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Laws degree from U.P. He practices law and writes law books. Office: 905 Umi St., Suite 201, Honolulu, HI 96819. Tel. (808) 847-1601. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: www.ImmigrationServicesUSA.com. Listen to KNDI radio, 1270 on your AM radio dial, every Friday at 6:30-7:30 AM. This article is for general information only and is not intended as legal advice.)