Immigration Goals for 2012

If you are an immigrant, 2012 is a great time to set goals. Setting immigration goals can give you the boost you need to take care of your immigration petitions. Some goals you can set include:

1) Immigrate to the USA. If you have always wanted to live in the US, 2012 is a great year to get started. Visit the USCIS website or to review all the choices that are now available to those who wish to travel or live in the US. By 2013, you could be living and working in America!

2) Apply for a green card. If you qualify for a green card, you will want to apply for one as soon as possible. A green card gives you many advantages, including the right to travel more freely and the right to live and work permanently in the US. If you qualify, you should make it a priority to apply for a US green card. If you do not yet qualify, you may wish to spend part of 2012 determining how you might qualify for this coveted status in the future. There are many paths to a green card – start this new year to ensure that you get your permanent residency.

3) Resolve immigration issues. If you have outstanding issues, such as a deportation, an expired visa, a rejected immigration petition, or other problems, contact the USCIS or a qualified US immigration attorney early in 2012 to take the necessary steps to resolve the problem.

4) Apply for US citizenship. If you are qualified for US citizenship, apply early in 2012 – you could celebrate the next New Year as a US citizen!

5) Lobby for immigration rights. 2012 promises to be a big year for immigration rights. The US Supreme Court will likely rule on Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, in June 2012 and that decision could set the precedent for immigration laws in other states. As well, President Obama will likely be making proposals regarding immigration policy. 2012 is a good time to get involved by taking part in organized lobbies or by writing to your elected representatives.