The Obama administration’s decision this week to ease visa requirements for immediate relatives of US citizens who entered the country without permission become its latest move to reshape immigration through executive action. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new regulation, which will become effective on March 4, 2013.
Currently, immigration law provides that any person who arrives to the U.S. without an immigration status for more than one hundred eighty (180) days and leaves the country, receives a penalty of a three (3) year bar to re-enter the country. If the person stays more than one (1) year, then he/she receives a bar of ten (10) years.
Under past practice, an individual applied for the waiver after having been found inadmissible by a consular official and then had to apply to US Citizenship and … Read More »