How Have Immigration Laws Changed Over the Past Ten Years?

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It is the job of any knowledgeable Pennsylvania immigration attorney to keep up-to-date on changes in the law. At Tahir Mella, Attorneys at Law, we make sure that our clients receive the most efficient and legally appropriate services available.

Here is a summary of the important changes to Pennsylvania immigration law that have taken place over the last ten years.

The changes

Changes that were enacted on April 1, 1997, include the following (some are applied retroactively to that date):

  • If an individual is not authorized to be in the United States. but has remained in the country one year or more and leaves the country, he or she is barred from being re-admitted for ten years. If an individual remained in the country under unauthorized status for six months and leaves, he or she can be barred from re-admittance for three years.
  • Applying for a green card if you have overstayed your authorized visit, worked without permission, or entered without inspection is no longer as simple as before. In these cases, green card applications must now be made from outside of the United States. If the applicant is already in the United States and wishes to apply, he or she is subject to the aforementioned bars to re-entry.
  • An individual who is not authorized to be in the United States can no longer apply for a Diversity Lottery while he or she remains in the country. In order to apply, applicants must leave the country, and are still subject to the aforementioned bars to re-entry.
  • In order to apply for a green card, the sponsor of the applicant must show that his or her income is above 125 percent of the poverty level (previously, the income of the sponsor only needed to be 100 percent above the poverty level).

The above changes certainly do not include every possible alteration in immigration statutes.

Additionally, the statutes themselves are subject to interpretation. It is possible to have an exception made for your situation, or to apply for a waiver.

For a better understanding of how changes to Pennsylvania immigration law may affect you, discuss your case with the knowledgeable staff at Tahir Mella, Attorneys at Law.

Contact us for Pennsylvania immigration help today

Tahir Mella, Attorneys at Law, is more than happy to provide you with assistance for issues surrounding Pennsylvania immigration laws. Our knowledge and advice covers all areas of immigration law. Contact us or call us at 215-352-3823 today, so we can discuss your concerns.

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It is the job of any knowledgeable Pennsylvania immigration attorney to keep up-to-date on changes in the law.  At Tahir Mella, Attorneys at Law, we make sure that our clients receive the most efficient and legally appropriate services available. 

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