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The year 2022 under the Biden administration failed to bring any significant improvements to U.S. immigration following the controversial administration of president Trump. Despite all the political announcements, the Biden administration failed to usher in a new era of humane treatment of immigrants or improve the system with new policies to help immigrants. Instead, Biden has followed very closely in the footsteps of Trump and has equally suffered attacks from angry immigrants and politicians in the political arena as well as the federal court system.
Sadly, current immigration applicants are facing significantly longer delays in their processes, not due to covid backlogs, but as a result of random and senseless denials and requests for information based on improper or groundless justifications. For today’s immigrants, it is more of a jungle out there than it has ever been.
Now that the year 2022 is coming to an end, the question becomes, what can an immigrant do to prepare for 2023? What can be done to start the year off on the best footing possible? My first bit of advice is for immigrants and their family members to file for whatever legal immigration process they are eligible for as soon as they become eligible. Immigration processes requests on a first come, first served basis, so getting your request in with the government as soon as possible is always very important. With the massive delays immigration is currently experiencing across the board, this is even more important than ever before.
A common question for immigrants is whether they can increase their chances of success by filing multiple immigration petitions at the same time. The answer is yes, assuming you have multiple paths to a green card. For example, it is common for an immigrant to have multiple family members file a green card request for them since the law allows a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident the right to sponsor their family member. So technically, the right for sponsorship follows the petitioner, not the immigrant. As such, it is totally legitimate to have multiple sponsors for a green card request.
What else can be done to prepare for the coming of 2023? If you plan on filing for a marriage green card, you can always start opening joint accounts to show your combined family financial situation. The added benefit of doing this in the month of December is to be able to show another year of being together. Technically it is not another whole year, but it certainly looks like that when you can provide information showing a shared account being owned over the span of two different years. Now is also a good time to start preparing for the filing of your joint income taxes since it is possible to file taxes as early as February. This will allow you to file your green card requests and get the government to start processing as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about how to qualify for a green card or how to file a request, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can do this either by calling our office at 616-805-3435 or by using the following link to schedule an appointment online: https://marvinlawoffice.com/schedule-a-consultation/