We’ve begun to analyze the 844 page Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.”   First is an explanation of one of the most contentious parts of the bill: the RPI Status.

First, the warning: THIS IS NOT LAW YET.  It is only a proposal.  But it still is a good idea to learn about it and plan, because if there is reform, there’s a good chance that some or most of this bill will make it into the final law.  But do NOT apply for anything, and do NOT pay anyone to file anything.

Now on to business.

“Registered Provision Immigrant” is the new status that will allow the current undocumented population in the United States, estimated at 11+ million, to become “documented.” This means they will have the ability to work for any employer, and also have the ability to travel in and out of the United States.

The main qualifications are:

Other important points in the proposal:

Dependents (children and spouses) of RPI applicants can also get derivative RPI status.  But they must actually be spouses (that means you should actually get married) and not divorce before gaining status.  If the dependent does not qualify as a dependent, they may be able to apply independently.  Ordinarily, though, families should be able to apply together on one single form.  The proposal does not say whether only one set of filing fees would apply; it seems reasonable to conclude they probably would not.

From these requirements, it is clear that it may take some time for some people to qualify.  For example, all taxes must be paid before filing, and you only have 1 year to file.  If you owe a lot of back taxes, you might want to start tackling that problem now.

As always, contact us (via the form on the right) with any questions.  Keep checking back here as we continue to analyze other portions of the proposal, and be sure to read our outline summary of the entire proposal.

And remember – THERE IS NO NEW LAW YET.  Anyone who tells you differently is lying to you.  Be on guard for fraud, and don’t be a victim.

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