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The Registry Program in Immigration Law

The Registry Program


Lost in all the noise about immigration reform, amnesty, presidential elections is a little known program on the books called the Registry.

Based on the Immigration and Nationality Act - INA Section 249 - you are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if you've been living in the United States continuously since January 1, 1972.

The basic requirements are:

                You entered the United States prior to January 1, 1972

                You have resided in the United States continuously since January 1, 1972

                You are a person of good moral character

                You are not ineligible for naturalization (citizenship)

                You are not removable (deportable) under INA Section 237(a)(4)(B), not inadmissible under INA Section 212(a)(3)(E). 

The Registry program has been the law for years.  Congress on a regular basis used to update the entry date requirements to reflect the passage of time.  Unfortunately, since 1986 when we had the old Amnesty law - Congress has failed to update the Registry provisions of the INA.  Miraculously though, the has not been repealed. 

To prevail on a Registry case, you will need adequate supporting documentation.  School records, employment history, tax filings, births and other vital records, medical and dental office records, speeding tickets, air travel, hotel reservations, photographs, affidavits from friends and family etc will be all crucial to prove your case. 

Most importantly, you do not need a qualifying relative to get your green card under the Registry program.  There will be no need for an affidavit of support from a US citizen.  This is a process you could go through by yourself.

If you feel you qualify for the Registry program, please give us a call.  The consultation will be free.

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