The ACHIEVE Act = possible W visa coming soon?

The GOP reportedly is set to propose a new W-1 visa, to allow an immigrant to attend college or serve in the military. Then the W visa holder could apply for a 4 year work visa and follow that status to apply for a green card. Citizenship could follow at the end.

W-1 eligibility under ACHEIVE would require:

  • 5 years of living in the US prior to the Act going into effect.
  • Entry before age 14
  • Good moral character
  • Knowledge of English, US history and government
  • Age 28 or younger at time of applying (or 32 if applicant has Bachelor’s Degree from US college)
  • $525 filing fee
  • Medical exam
  • Background check
  • Selective Service registration

This ACHEIVE idea is a starting point but I think will require some compromises, especially this rule on the age at entry.


(excerpts from daily caller)

Written by: Harlan York

Immigration Attorney Harlan York is Former Chair, Immigration Section, NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee. Mr. York appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. He was honored as First Ever Immigration Lawyer of The Year in NJ by Best Lawyers.

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