Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 00121859 (posted Dec. 18, 2000)"
Monday, December 19, 2000
Tallmer, Public Affairs Manager
Information About Immigration Deal
WASHINGTON, D.C. –A bill
approved by Congress on December 15 contains several immigration-related
provisions, including the partial reinstatement of Section 245(i), which allows
eligible people to apply for green cards from within the U.S., rather than
leaving the country and possibly being barred from re-entering for up to 10
The American Immigration Lawyers
Association (AILA) wants you and your readers to know three important things
about the partial reinstatement of Section 245(i):
People must have filed an
immigrant petition with the INS or labor certification with the Department
of Labor by April 30, 2001;
They must show they were physically
present in the United States on the day the bill is signed by the President.
We do not know when the
President will sign the measure, but we know that he must do so by midnight
on December 21, 2000. Thus, the President can sign the bill anytime between
now and December 21.
What does all this mean?
That people eligible to apply
for green cards under Section 245(i) can do so without leaving the country and
being separated from their families, communities and employers. However, Section
245(i) does not grant work authorization or provide protection from deportation.
To take advantage of this new
opportunity to use Section 245(i), people must be able to prove that they are
physically present in the U.S. the day the bill is signed. We strongly advise
people who want to take advantage of Section 245(i) to remain in the United
We also advise people to discuss
their potential eligibility with an immigration attorney. If people do not have
an immigration attorney, AILA can refer them to one in their area. Call AILA’s
Lawyer Referral Service at 800-954-0254.