On July Fourth, we celebrate our independence with patriotic parades, barbecues, carnivals, concerts, fireworks and more. However, for thousands of individuals across the nation, this Fourth of July will be one unlike any other; it will be the first Fourth of July in which they are able to celebrate as an American citizen.
This past Thursday, the US senate passed a landmark immigration reform bill that tightens border security, increases the number of visas for highly skilled workers (H1-B visa for specialty occupations) and provides a pathway to citizenship for America’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The bill will now move to the Republican-controlled House, where a step-by-step approach will be taken to solve the immigration problem. House lawmakers will work on putting their own measure together, taking components of the comprehensive Senate plan and adding their own priorities. Although it is unclear if the final outcome will come in the form of legislation, it is a step forward for thousands of immigrants who currently live in the United States today.
Over the next few days, there are expected to be a number of naturalization ceremonies held around the United States to coincide with the July fourth holiday. In New York, 450 immigrants were sworn in, only a small portion of the thousands who will become new Americans this week. Many have begun sharing their happiness and celebration via social media, tweeting and sharing pictures of the monumental occasion.
If you have any questions or are unclear of what to expect in the upcoming months in regards to the immigration reform, contact the professional San Diego immigration lawyers at Kazmi and Sakata Law. We are more than happy to answer any of your questions and can help you take the proper steps to become an American citizen.