The Federal Government under Barack Obama announced the new immigration rules according to which hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, close relatives of U.S. citizens, can stay in the country with their families, and on their free will become legal US residents.
These new rules announced by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, are a relief for people at risk to be deported. Until now, many illegal immigrants feared that in their effort to obtain legitimate documents to stay in the U.S., known as green cards, they would be obliged to leave the country, their spouses and children. As a result many of them do not submit an application at all.
Illegal immigrants who can prove they have a spouse, child or parent who is a U.S. citizen, will be able to apply for a U.S. residence visa without being forced to leave the country. In the event the application is accepted, applicants will have to go to their homeland in order to receive their visas.
According to federal Government sources, the government is likely to extend these changes including relatives who are legal residents of the U.S. country.