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  • News: Introduction of the ACHIEVE Act in the Senate

    On November 27, 2012, Senators Kyl (R-AZ), Hutchison (R-TX), and McCain (R-AZ) introduced the ACHIEVE Act. ACHIEVE Act will allow for individuals who meet a criteria to be eligible for a series of temporary conditional nonimmigrant visas: W-1, W-2, W-3.

    Key differences from the DREAM Act:

    • No green card/ permanent status for the beneficiaries
    • More narrow class of individuals who are eligible

    Some of the eligibility requirements for the initial W-1 visa:

    • Initially entered the United States under the age of 14
    • Under the age of 29 years on the date of enactment (32 years for those who earned a bachelor’s degree/associate’s degree prior to enactment of the Act)
    • Continuous physical residence in the United States during the 5-year period preceding enactment
    • Good moral character since the date of initial entry
    • Has not been convicted of a felony, crime of moral turpitude, or a misdemeanor under Federal or State law punishable by imprisonment of more than 30 days. (Exception exists for traffic violation that does not include alcohol or controlled substances)
    • Does not have a final order of removal (with some exceptions)
    • Earned a high school diploma from a high school in the U.S. or a GED; AND
      • Is enlisted/intending to enlist in the military;
      • Is admitted as a student to an institute of higher education;
      • Has earned a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree; or
      • Has served for a period of at least 4 years in one of the branches of the Armed Forces and was not dishonorably discharged

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