The International Center of Atlanta will post a web-based 2011 International Travel Advisory for Georgia, US to help Georgians and visitors to the state of Georgia in light of the state's adoption of new immigration-related laws. They plan to have the site live next week, offering detailed info about the implications the law will have for international visitors to Georgia.
The new requirements are due to a state law that Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal signed today known as HB 87, the ‘Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011'. The legislation creates new state crimes. People convicted of breaking the new laws-- including non-US citizens-- could be punished by up to 15 years in jail and fines up to $250,000. The new rules will go into effect on July 1.
The new law requires some significant new considerations--particularly for prudent non-US citizens traveling to and within Georgia. The upcoming website documentation will try to clearly, carefully, and factually present issues related to travel to and within the US state of Georgia. It will assist not only foreign nationals, but also
- certain US nationals from states for which Georgia will not accept driver licenses as documentation for valid proof of legal presence, as well as
- Georgia US citizens.
HB 87's new criminal statutes and rules relate to police stops to determine legal presence and detention, jailing, transportation, harboring, and inducing ‘illegal aliens' to visit Georgia. Other provisions of HB 87 will require additional proof of legal presence of even some non-Georgia US citizens and permanent residents. Although they may have valid documentation, such as a non-Georgia drivers license from other US states, Georgia will not accept those state issued documentation as valid proof of legal presence.
The 2011 International Travel Advisory for Georgia US will provide information about some new and significant risks of detention, jailing and fines. Not only international undocumented visitors, but also to visitors who cannot prove their legal presence on the spot to Georgia law enforcement police will face these penalties. The 2011 International Travel Advisory for Georgia US will provide prudent precautionary measures that any non-US citizen visitor can take to ensure a safe and undisturbed visit to the US state of Georgia.
International visitors and international residents should carefully familiarize themselves with these new laws, suggests the International Center of Atlanta.
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