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Registry for Illegal Residents

In certain circumstances, the government recognizes that some individuals who have been living in this country all their lives and model citizens, should have the opportunity to become lawful permanent residents. This procedure is called “registry” and it pertains to people who entered the country illegally but who have been living here ever since with no problems. An experience immigration attorney can review the circumstances of your case to determine whether registry would be an options for you or your family members. At the Law Offices of William A. Proetta we represent clients throughout New Jersey including Elizabeth, Kearny, Woodbridge, Edison, North Bergen, Union City, Perth Amboy and New Brunswick. Contact us today to speak with an immigration attorney during a free initial consultation.

Who is Eligible for Registry?

Registry is available to non-citizens who entered the United States prior to January 1, 1972.  Registry creates a record of lawful admission for permanent residence when such a record is not otherwise available. (Usually because the non-citizen entered the U.S. without inspection.) In addition to proving that he or she entered prior to 1972, the non-citizen must also show that they have been (1) a continuous resident of the United States, (2) a person of good moral character, and (3) is otherwise eligible for citizenship. The sole and limited purpose of registry is to ameliorate the harsh consequences of removal for those persons who have been long term residents of the United   States. It should be noted that according to IIRIRA, non-citizens who have failed to appear at the removal hearings or to comply with their voluntary departure orders are ineligible for registry for 10 years.  INA 240 (b)(7), 240(B)(D).

Additional Information & Related Links

 Immigration Parole  Stay of Removal
 Removal Hearing  Temporary Protected Status “TPS”
 Restriction on Removal  Asylum