DHS Announces New Process to Promote the Unity and Stability of Families

Discover DHS’s new immigration reform promoting family unity for noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens. Manji Law, P.C. offers insights and legal support for affected families.

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Atlanta Immigration Attorney Jameel Manji

Author: Jameel Manji, Founder, Manji Law, P.C.

Mr. Manji founded Manji Law in 2016 to follow his passion of helping people navigate the complicated immigration system. Mr. Manji graduated from Georgia State University College of Law and received Master of Taxation from the Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Published on: June 19, 2024.

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A New Chapter in Immigration Advocacy

Manji Law, P.C., based in Atlanta, Georgia, remains at the forefront of immigration advocacy and legal services. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced a significant reform to promote family unity in the immigration process, consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to keeping families together. This announcement aims to provide a legal pathway for certain noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens without the need for prolonged separation.

Understanding the New Process

Under current law, noncitizens married to U.S. citizens can apply for lawful permanent residence through their marriage. However, many noncitizens must first depart the United States to be processed abroad, resulting in long, potentially indefinite separations from their families. This new DHS process addresses this challenge by allowing eligible noncitizen spouses to apply for lawful permanent residence without leaving the United States.

Eligibility and Process

To be considered for this process, an individual must:

  • Be present in the United States without admission or parole.
  • Have been continuously present in the United States for at least 10 years as of June 17, 2024.
  • Have a legally valid marriage to a U.S. citizen as of June 17, 2024.
  • Have no disqualifying criminal history or pose any threat to national security or public safety.
  • Merit a favorable exercise of discretion.

Noncitizen children of eligible spouses may also be considered for parole if they meet specific criteria, including physical presence in the United States and a qualifying relationship with a U.S. citizen.

Implications for Mixed-Status Families

This reform significantly alleviates the fears of separation for families where one member is undocumented. By providing these individuals with legal status and work permits, the new process helps stabilize families, allowing undocumented immigrants to contribute more openly to the economy and their communities. This legal recognition fosters a sense of security and belonging, reducing psychological stress and uncertainty.

Work permits will enable undocumented immigrants to seek better employment opportunities, increasing their ability to support their families and contribute to local economies through taxes and consumption. Legal recognition also allows these individuals to participate more fully in community life, from local governance to school boards, enhancing personal fulfillment and community vibrancy.

Manji Law, P.C. is prepared to assist clients through the complex application processes, providing comprehensive support to those affected by these changes.

Manji Law, P.C.’s Role and Client Advice

At Manji Law, P.C., we are dedicated to offering clear and practical legal advice. Our legal team is ready to support anyone who might benefit from these changes. We focus on making our explanations easy to understand, ensuring you fully grasp how these new laws could impact your life. Our team is prepared to guide you through the necessary legal processes, help with your application, address any concerns, and provide continuous support throughout your journey.

Contact Manji Law, P.C. Today for More Information

While we wait for more detailed guidance and official announcements, Manji Law, P.C. remains committed to supporting our clients through this transformative time. We believe that informed clients are empowered clients, and we strive to provide the most current and comprehensive guidance available.

For those affected or potentially affected by these changes, we encourage you to get in touch with our office to discuss your individual situation and options. Our team is here to help you navigate these changes with confidence and support.