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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – NASABA Supports Presidential Proposal Limiting Family Separation During Immigration Proceedings

January 16, 2012

1-16-2012, San Francisco, CA.

NASABA, (North American South Asian Bar Association)  Supports Presidential Proposal Limiting Family Separation During Immigration Proceedings

“The North American South Asian Bar Association (“NASABA”) applauds the Obama administration’s proposal to reduce the time that families are separated while individuals wait for paperwork to be approved in consulates abroad. One of the harshest provisions in our immigration laws prevents those who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. from returning for 3 or 10 years.

Even if an individual qualifies for a “green card” (lawful permanent resident status), they must seek a waiver of the 3 and 10 year bars. In the past, an individual had to leave the U.S. in order to apply for the waiver which requires a showing of extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent family member.

The proposed rule change announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service would allow an undocumented family member to apply for the waiver within the United States. Once approved, the family member would be able to apply for his or her immigrant visa abroad and return as a lawful permanent resident.

This change will be particularly beneficial to the South Asian community, as the U.S. embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad report a lengthy six-to-eight month wait times for a waiver to be approved.

Now individuals can remain with their families in the U.S. while this paperwork is being processed. NASABA supports the administration’s common-sense solution to the unnecessary separation of families.”

Regards,
2011-2012 Executive Committee

Tags: South Asian, Immigration Law, North American South Asian Bar Association, Obama Administration, Family, green card, family hardship, NASABA

NASABA, THE NORTH AMERICAN SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION
http://www.nasaba.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
IKE DEVJI, J.D.
V.P. PUBLIC RELATIONS, NASABA
PublicRelations@nasaba.com

T (602) 808-5540
F (602) 808-5553

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