2013-07-30 20:24:35

Family-Based visas To Change with Immigration Reform

 Asian American citizens trying to bring overseas family members to the States may face setbacks under proposed immigration reform changes. The Senate bill passed on June 27 would eliminate visa categories for siblings and adult children older than 32 after 18 months, striking a blow for family reunification. The bill is pending review by the House of Representatives.

“We’re disappointed about these changes because they have a significant impact on the Asian American community. It’s not just affecting the Chinese, as the Vietnamese, South Asian and Filipino communities rely on the sibling category,” said Erin Oshiro, immigration attorney for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC. Advancing Justice-AAJC is a national human and civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.

There are 17 million Asian Americans living in the United States, according to census data. Nearly 2 million Asians are in the family sponsorship process, which has a significant backlog due to visa quotas by country and other numerical limits. Meanwhile, more than 1 million Asians are undocumented. Read more here.

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