Gang Of Eight introduces S.744 - Immigration Reform News Now!

On Tuesday, the group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” introduced S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” 

Here are a few issues from S. 744 to note:

Legalization:

Permits noncitizens that are unlawfully present and who entered the U.S. before December 31, 2011 to adjust status (file for their green card) to that of Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI). Eligible applicants would be required to pay a penalty and back taxes. Individuals in RPI status would receive work authorization and may travel abroad. They would also become eligible to apply for LPR status after 10 years, and can apply for naturalization 3 years after acquiring a green card.

H-1Bs:

Increase the quota to a floor of 110,000 and a ceiling of 180,000. Provide work authorization for spouses (H-4) as currently not permitted to work. Add a 60-day grace period after an H-1B has been terminated from his or her job.

Fraud:

Make it a crime to knowingly defraud an immigrant or hold oneself out as an attorney when one is not authorized to do so. Require the identification of individuals who assist immigrants with the completion of forms and empower the Attorney General with injunctive authority to act against an unscrupulous “immigration service provider” at the federal level.

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