What the New Chain Migration Laws Will Mean For You

Amy Smith / 5 min read
Recently, President Trump took a stance on ending chain migration, stating that it will be terminated as part of the new Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) deal and it was met with the usual upheaval. In the Fox interview, Trump discusses making changes as a matter of national security as the chain migration and visa lottery programs both present vulnerabilities to the country via immigration. He states that one of the New York terror suspects used chain migration to bring 23
Recently, President Trump took a stance on ending chain migration, stating that it will be terminated as part of the new Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) deal and it was met with the usual upheaval. In the Fox interview, Trump discusses making changes as a matter of national security as the chain migration and visa lottery programs both present vulnerabilities to the country via immigration. He states that one of the New York terror suspects used chain migration to bring 23 other people with him to the U.S and this is why he suggests it should no longer be a viable option as part of the new immigration discussions. We look at chain migration in a bit more detail to get some understanding on the underlying issues and the alternatives. 

What Is Chain Migration?
Chain migration is the term used for the family-based component used in the U.S immigration system that enables permanent residents or legal U.S citizens to sponsor members of their family in order to reunite in the U.S. This usually works by an immigrant filing their visa application, gaining citizenship and then sponsoring a close relative and theoretically this sparks a chain that can involve many family members immigrating. 

Chain Migration Alternatives
With the potential of chain migration being eliminated from new immigration laws, immigrants will have to start looking at alternatives for family and themselves, so here are some visas that you can independently apply for that might help start the journey to permanent U.S residency. 

Work Visas – For those who are employed or seeking employment in the U.S, many companies, particularly for skilled workers, will sponsor employees under certain criteria. Those with special skills can be fast tracked and it can be a much faster process than chain migration. 

Study Visa – If your family members are looking to go to school they can instead apply for the individual student visa as long as they have proof they have been accepted into a certified school. 

Asylum – If you are in fear of persecution in your home country due to your nationality, race, religion, political opinion or gender, you can apply for an Asylum or Refugee status and bypass normal visa protocols as long as you are in genuine fear for your safety. 

DREAM Act – Introduced in 2001, the dream act aims to help undocumented immigrants who were introduced as children into the US. It is designed to help pave the way for legal citizenship for the children brought into the country illegally via the armed forces, college and education or work. If you are looking at visa options from inside the U.S as an undocumented child, you can look into this route instead. 

How We Can Help
Immigration laws, paperwork and requirements can be confusing and if done incorrectly can seriously hinder current or future visa applications so it is important to be armed with as much knowledge as you can. The Migration Brokers, as the world’s largest immigration online portal, have a team of experts on hand that you can retain in order to consult and help with your application and offer sound advice to make the process less stressful and go smoothly. 

Hopefully this has made chain migration a bit easier to understand so that you can be well versed in what is happening in the current political climate and the best visa route for you. 

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