January 22, 2013 – Understanding the predicament of families who are away from their loved ones who are currently in the US, the United Farm Workers Foundation is willing to extend its assistance to families who are hoping to be reunited with their families through a new rule in immigration policy.
Such new rule will change the current policy of making relatives lodge their visa applications from their home countries. This means that those who are already in the US will no longer have to be separated from their families for long as the application may already be filed while the applicant is in America.
According to Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary, the new rule will take effect in March and with it, families will be separated no longer.
According to the new rule, the sponsor’s immediate family members will already be able to apply while in the US before they end their visit. Therefore, the waiting times and time of separation are greatly reduced. This applies to applications made after March 4.
“When a U.S. citizen applies for somebody else, that person had to leave the country, right? Then, in 1996, the law required a punishment of a 3- to 10-year waiting period abroad. That separated families. There are many factors to determinate eligibility. It’s not like ‘I got married yesterday and now I’ll apply for a visa waiver.’ No, it doesn’t work that way,” said Ricardo Nuñez, immigration services provider for the Union of Farm Workers Foundation.
If you come from a country that is a member to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you can enter the US with just a USA ESTA visa. Such ESTA Visa, whose ESTA application can be taken online, will allow the holder to enter the country for as often as he wishes for a period of two years. Each visit is valid for up to three months. National Visas, the leader in visa and immigration advice, will be willing to guide you through the process of applying for an ESTA visa. You can fill in the details required for an online ESTA Form with National Visas.