New Green Card Policy for Undocumented Spouses

In a significant development, President Biden has announced a new policy that promises to reshape the landscape for undocumented individuals married to U.S. citizens. The upcoming policy  is designed to create a streamlined pathway to lawful permanent residency for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens. This marks a profound shift from existing procedures, which often require extended periods and complex processes, including provisional waivers and overseas interviews.


Eligibility Criteria

To benefit from this new policy, individuals must must demonstrate continuous physical presence in the U.S. for at least ten years, and their marriage to a U.S. citizen must have been established by June 17, 2024. These requirements aim to ensure that those who have built their lives in the U.S. and established genuine marital relationships can navigate the path to residency more straightforwardly.

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Procedural Changes and Benefits

The policy eliminates the need for the provisional waiver process, which currently compels applicants to undergo lengthy waits and often stressful travel abroad for interviews. Under the new plan, eligible individuals will undergo the entire green card process within the United States, significantly reducing the time and emotional toll associated with securing permanent residency.

Preparations and Next Steps

Though the policy will not be implemented until the end of summer 2024, it is important for potential applicants to begin preparations now. Collecting necessary documentation and understanding your eligibility will be vital steps. Consulting with us can provide tailored advice and ensure you are ready to apply as soon as the policy goes into effect. As we await the official rollout of this policy, stay informed and prepared. For couples navigating this journey, the promise of a more streamlined process is a beacon of hope. For more resources and personalized advice, visit our resource center or contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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