Immigration Amnesty Law



Immigration Amnesty is term for a government’s pardon of an illegal immigrant for violating policies related to immigration laws and policies. This area is currently in transition as proposed immigration amnesty laws are currently in debate among US policy makers.

Currently, the US has an approximate 12 to 20 million undocumented / illegal aliens living within its borders. Critics of plans to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants note that the result of an amnesty plan would be to reward large number of persons who have flaunted US laws, in some cases for many years, by granting them with legal status (i.e., a Green Card). Proponents see amnesty as a way to identify these individuals, create a system for integrating them into social systems (e.g., taxation, social security, etc.), and reducing crimes associated with these individuals desperately trying to remain in the country and make livings.

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  • How Long Does an I-601 Visa Take to Process?
    Certain immigrants are considered “inadmissible,” which typically results in them being denied admission into the country or provides grounds to have them removed from the country. However, some immigrants can still be legally admitted to the country if they can have their grounds for inadmissibility waived through an I-601 application. The processing time for this type of immigration relief varies by applicant.
  • Green Card Lottery in the U.S. – Selection and Appeals Process
    The Visa selection and appeals process is in place for foreign citizens to become temporary and permanent residents and citizens of the United States. When the selection passes a person over or the Visa procedure does not accept someone for permanent residency, it is possible through the appeals process to change the outcome.
  • Refugee Status – Can It Lead to Citizenship
    People who leave their home country because of concern regarding their safety may be able to come to the United States. They may be able to receive legal immigration status. In some instances, refugee status may ultimately lead to citizenship.
  • International Crimes and Extradition
    When someone has been accused of a crime, he or she is usually provided the right of a fair trial. However, some of these situations involve extradition to his or her country of origin, and this could lead to complications in ensuring he or she has been punished in accordance with the international courts.
  • Increase in Penalties for Employment Eligibility Form I-9 Violations
    Increases in enforcement for the Immigration Reform and Control Act violations affect employees that work as non-home office workers. Many of these employees may or may not have signed an I-9, but when the federal government checks, these issues could lead to fines and other penalties when the worker has not filed the proper paperwork with the company.
  • Asylum in the USA
    U.S. immigration law includes protections for “asylees” and “refugees.” Before continuing, it is important to understand the similarities and differences between asylee and refugee status.
  • Detention of Individuals Seeking Asylum in the UK
    Persons that have fled their country or habitual residence are seeking asylum in the United Kingdom. Many of these individuals have been detained and stigmatized as possible criminals based on the behavior of fleeing and surrounding circumstances.
  • Immigrating to Canada with a Criminal Record
    For citizens from another country not native to Canada, it is possible that immigration is not possible when the individual has a criminal record. This is called criminally inadmissible, and each person is assessed based on the crime, the severity, restitution and behavior exhibited after the incident.
  • How Do Divorce and Annulment Affect the Immigration Process
    Divorce or annulment of marriage can cause some complications with the status of a green card holder. If an immigrant has obtained a permanent residency via marriage to a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, it could lead to revocation of the permanent residency and/or even removal from the country altogether.
  • The Malta Declaration and the Italy-Libya Memo
    The Malta Declaration has been issued in response to the massive migration of third-country citizens. With the assistance of Libya and other EU countries, the migration issue with foreign nationals may be met so that management of the increased flow of persons may be accomplished appropriately.

Immigration Amnesty Law - US

  • Immigration Amnesty - US Immigration Support

    The information below was part of the proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill that was previously debated in the United States senate. This legislation has not been approved. The measure, the biggest rewrite of U.S. immigration law since 1986, would offer 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship while tightening the border with Mexico and creating a guest-worker program to help employers fill low-paying jobs.

  • Immigration Reform and Control Act Amnesty of 1986 - Wikipedia

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) was enacted by Congress in response to the large and rapidly growing illegal alien population in the United States.

  • Late Amnesty of 2000 (IRCA)

    The Late Amnesty of 2000, allowed certain groups of illegal aliens, to renew their request for amnesty. Specifically this Amnesty Bill was for those who had been told that they were not eligible for permanent residency under the Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. Applicants had to prove that they entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and resided continuously in the United States in an unlawful status until May 4, 1988, and that they were continuously present in the United States from November 6, 1986, until May 4, 1988. The Late Amensty Bill of 2000 gave approximately 400,000 illegal aliens a green card.

  • United States Immigration Amnesty

    The proposed immigration amnesty would benefit the 12 to 20 million undocumented aliens (illegal immigrants) currently living in the United States. An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their acts of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working with false documents. The result of an amnesty is that large numbers of foreigners who illegally gained entry into the United States are rewarded with legal status (Green Card) for breaking immigration laws.

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS will secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

Oraganizations Related to Immigration Amnesty Law

  • American Resistance - Against Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

    An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their act of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working using false documents. The result of an amnesty is that large numbers of foreigners who illegally gained entry into the United States are rewarded with legal status for their breaking the law. In January, 2004 President Bush Proposed an earned legalization program for illegal aliens. This is an amnesty under another name.

  • Americans for Legal Immigration (ALI-PAC)

    We are dedicated to fighting against illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens and seek a peaceful solution to the crisis that involves Americans of every race, Party, and denomination working together. Americans for Legal Immigration (ALI-PAC) has formed to address the disparity between the public's desire for more control of illegal immigration and the actions of lawmakers. Varied polls indicate that over 75% of America's legal citizens want more done to control illegal immigration, yet the elected officials who are willing to address this concern constitute a minority of members in the US Congress and Senate at this time. This must change.

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

    The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest.

  • Illegal Aliens.US

    This site, besides mocking the term undocumented, is an illegal immigration primer whose goal is to provide information on illegal immigration prevention, enforcement, and attrition.

Publications Related to Immigration Amnesty Law

  • Amnesty International USA - Immigration Newsletter

    Welcome to Amnesty International USA's (AIUSA) newsroom. Our media team is happy to supply you with additional resources, including interviews with specialists, detailed event information, and expert quotes, upon request.

  • Immigration Newsletter

    Here we have the latest news within the immigration benefit world, handled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Both news media and general public can find important information about updates, alerts and events that impact legal immigration.




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