Proposed Immigration Reform Bill Should Serve as Warning for Immigrants to Take Action Now, Says New York Immigration Attorney

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Evelyn Tossas Tucker, former prosecutor for Immigration and Naturalization Service, provides important suggestions for immigrants seeking legal status in U.S.

Immigration cases are and have always been difficult, and clients rarely stand a chance without sufficient and experienced legal representation

The proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives this week by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), raises important considerations for immigrants who are seeking to achieve or maintain legal status in the U.S.

According to Evelyn Tossas Tucker, the proposed new legislation would have wide-ranging implications for immigrants in the U.S., particularly those who are undocumented.

"Immigration cases are and have always been difficult, and clients rarely stand a chance without sufficient and experienced legal representation," said Tucker, who has nearly 20 years of experience as an immigration lawyer. "Based on the work we have done fighting for immigrants seeking to achieve legal status in the U.S., our firm has compiled a list of documents that immigrants will need to move forward with their immigration cases, either before or after immigration reform comes about, and how to obtain them."

These documents include items such as a valid passport, permanent resident card, proof of duration in the U.S., proof of strong moral character, certificate of marriage, birth certificate, educational records, tax forms, proof of hardship, proof of entry and a prior immigration case. The time to act is now, says Tucker, as it seems likely that reform is coming soon.

"This bill (was) presented before Congress recesses for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year," said Rep. Gutierrez. "It is the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations and members of Congress." A summary of the CIR ASAP legislation is available for free from the Immigration Policy Center.

The Law Office of Evelyn Tossas Tucker has a reputation in New York for aggressive, experienced representation of immigrant clients, from green card applications and deportation cases to citizenship and asylum cases. For more information about the Law Office of Evelyn Tossas Tucker, please go to or call 212.732.0801.

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