been in the U.S. several years before December 31, 2011 and she overstayed her visa. She has no criminal record in the U.S. or abroad.
If this new bill passes and she files under it:
She pays the proposed $500 fine and any unpaid taxes. She then becomes a Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) for 5 years which is renewable for another 5 years that is attached with another $500 fine. After a minimum of 10 years under RPI status, she can apply for Permanent Residency Status which includes a fee of $1000 like any other immigrant.
What if during this 10 year RPI; she applies for the DV and wins; or she and I (U.S. citizen by birth) get married?
Does she still have to wait until the end of the 10 years to get a green card or does she acquire a new status if she wins the DV or get married?