U.S. House opens door for farmworkers to get green cards

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2021 | Green Cards

In Michigan and across the United States, the past several years have been difficult and worrisome for immigrants and prospective immigrants. The political climate has portrayed in a negative light many people who simply want to come to the U.S., work and take advantage of everything the country offers. Immigrants frequently do difficult jobs that require intensive labor. Farms might have trouble maintaining their productivity or staying in business outright without immigrants. Some are undocumented. Positive changes may be on the horizon for these individuals who work in agriculture and it is important to understand them. This might require legal help.

Undocumented farmworkers could have a way to get green cards

As crackdowns on illegal immigration moved forward, this has been concerning to these workers and their families. Recently, however, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken steps to address this problem. A bill was passed that will give undocumented farmworkers the opportunity to get a green card. It must still pass the Senate to become a law. With this law, those who work in agriculture would have status as Certified Agricultural Workers if they have been employed in the industry for 180 days over the last two years. They can also apply for their families to receive temporary status.

The workers would need to pay a fine of $1,000. They would also need to take part in other agricultural employment, based on circumstances and the duration for which they were in the U.S. and worked in the industry. The health crisis has been a major challenge for these workers as they are not paid a lot and do not generally have health care, leading to increased vulnerability. The bill had support from both parties.

Experienced assistance can be essential with green cards

It is understandable if undocumented workers still have a lingering fear as to what will happen to them if they show themselves to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Those who are working in agriculture now have a doorway to immigration without worry about being deported. Other issues with immigration are fluid and more changes could be in store. For people who are unsure of their status and need help with any immigration-related issue, having professional, caring guidance is key to finding solutions and being able to stay in the U.S. legally.