Will Immigration Reform Pass?

U.S. Congress showing movement toward comprehensive changes to U.S. immigration law.

The discussions about immigration reform on Capitol Hill are starting to look like they might actually lead somewhere -- though plenty of wrangling still lies ahead. The Senate recently released a draft immigration bill that includes such features as:

  • a path to legalization for farmworkers and other undocumented persons
  • increased numbers of H-1B visas
  • a new, merit-based opportunity to apply for a U.S. green card
  • elimination of the diversity visa lottery, and
  • elimination of the fourth preference family-based visa category for brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.

Once the law has actually passed, Nolo will post complete updates. In the meantime, if you're an undocumented person interested in planning ahead for the possible opportunities to legalize, see, "What’s in the Senate Immigration Reform Proposal for Undocumented Immigrants" and "Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S.: How to Prepare for Immigration Reform." Also consult with an experienced immigration attorney before taking action. Doublecheck the credentials of anyone you hire to help you with your immigration situation. Any time a new law is passed, scam artists come out of the woodwork, eager to take your money and submit a phony application.