How Undocumented Immigrants Can Prepare for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Before a Law Passes

(A bill to legalize the status of undocumented immigrants has not passed.)


  • Do not go to “notarios publicos” for immigration help.
  • Do not apply for a “legalization” benefit before the law passes.
  • Do not pay anyone to complete “legalization” benefit applications before a law passes.
  • Do not pay someone in advance to hold an appointment to complete a “legalization” benefit application.
  • Do not register to vote.
  • Do not vote in elections where non-citizens are ineligible to participate.
  • Do not make false claims to U.S. citizenship.


  • Do go to an attorney or BIA accredited representative if you have immigration questions.
  • Do obtain a government-issued photo identification document from your country of nationality.
  • Do organize personal records of residence, employment and tax filings in chronological order.
  • Do maintain good moral character and avoid activity which may cause you to be convicted of a crime.
  • Do learn to speak, read and write in English to the best of your ability.
  • Do learn U.S. history and government similar to questions asked on the naturalization test.
  • Do save money to pay for future USCIS application fees and legal assistance fees.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
415 Michigan Ave NE, Suite 200 * W ashington DC 20017 * 202-635-2556