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July 10

Preparing for the Immigration Reform

While the immigration reform bill is still a long way from becoming law, it is only a matter of time before an immigration reform takes place.  Many undocumented immigrants seeking to apply for immigration benefits once the reform occurs will need to take this time and gather the necessary documents to be prepared to apply. The following is a great checklist to use as a guide. Keep in mind that some cases may require additional documents.

Identification

□  Passport, school ID, military ID, birth certificate and a photo ID or

□  Identification document from country of origin such as a Matricula Consular or Cedula or

□  U.S. Government document with your name and photo such as a driver’s license or ID

 

Residency in the United States

Documents with name and date to establish presence in the U.S. for a period of time

□  Government records, medical records, insurance (life, medical, car, home), employment records, tax records, religious or community organization records, school records

□  Utility bills, deeds, traffic tickets, bank records, credit card statements, money orders, rental agreements, purchase receipts, club membership enrollment/contracts

 

Entry Documents

Documents with name and date to entry into the U.S. before a particular date

□  Immigration records with name and date of entry or

□  Passport with admission stamp or

□  Medical records, school records, or

□  Government records, medical records, insurance (life, medical, car, home), employment records, tax records, religious or community organization records, school records

□  Utility bills, deeds, traffic tickets, bank records, credit card statements, money orders, rental agreements, purchase receipts, club membership enrollment/contracts

 

Criminal History Documents

□  Obtain a “certificate of disposition” for each arrest or every time you were summoned to court. The certificate of disposition should  include date of arrest, date of court,  final outcome,  the charged, and what punishment, if any

 

Tax Filings

□  Obtain copies of filed tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946 for free

□  Transcripts or by visiting http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Order-a-Transcript

□  If you have not filed tax returns and you are required to do so, request an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) by calling 1-800-829-1040 or by visiting http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Taxpayer-Identification-Numbers-(TIN)

 

Employment Documents

□  Make a list of all the places where you worked along with addresses, dates, position

 

Fees and Fines

□  Although the exact amount required for application fees and/or fines have not been determined

□  start saving money to file as soon as possible

□  Save money for legal fees as well

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