Abolishing F2A Numerical Limits on LPR Spouses and Minor Children
When a temporary worker on an H1B visa gets married, they are allowed to immediately bring their spouse and children to the country. If that same worker makes a commitment to integrate with American society and start on the path to becoming an American citizen by attaining lawful permanent residence and receiving a green card, that same worker -- now an American worker -- is denied the basic right to live with their spouse and children because immigration quotas on nuclear families.
We are working to change the law to eliminate quotas on spouses and children of US lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in the long-term, and advance any possible reform to alleviate the problem in the short-term.
American Families United began working on this issue in 2007 and dramatically raised the profile of the issue following our April 2007 lobby day, and national call-ins. In May 2007, Senators Clinton, Menendez, and Hagel co-sponsored an amendment to an immigration bill being debated at the time to completely fix the problem. This legislation has been carried forward in every major family or comprehensive immigration reform bill proposed since that time.