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Prepare NOW for a New immigration Law Part 1 by Thomas Esparza & Jacqueline L Watson

Posted by attorney Thomas Esparza

PrepareNOWfor a New immigration Law or your personal

immigration emergency by following a few simple rules.

  1. Renew your green card at least four months before the expiration date.

  2. If you are eligible, apply for citizenship. Remember that if you have been a permanent resident for 20 years and

are 50 years old or 55 years old and have been a permanent resident for 15 years you could be eligible to take the

citizenship test in Spanish, or your native language.

  1. Document your employment history, your criminal record and gather documents to show that you have been living in

the United States. Get your Immigration & FBI record. Keep all documents in a safe place.

  1. Find all immigration papers including those from your parents. They could help you.

  2. Obey all laws of the United States. Pay your traffic tickets. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t give sheriff’s deputies a reason

to stop you. You will be put into deportation proceedings.

  1. If you are arrested, do not plead guilty until family has spoken to Mr. Esparza or Ms. Watson.

  2. UnderNO circumstances let a family member go to a visa appointment outside the USA if they have been illegally

present in the USA unless they have a well documented waiver application. Only one of three waiver applications is

ever approved.

  1. Avoid “notarios" and suspect organizations like Cristo Vive Para Inmigrantes who scam you.

  2. The penalty for unlawful presence in the USA is a ten year bar on immigration that can only be waived in certain

circumstances. The penalty for TWO periods of unlawful presence in the USA is a lifetime bar that can only be waived

after YOU HAVE LIVED OUTSIDE the USA 10 years.

  1. Keep your children in school. Encourage them to study, graduate & go to college. Get letters of recommendation from

their teachers at the end of each semester.

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