President Biden’s sweeping immigration reform bill was formally introduced on Capitol Hill today. Sen. Bob Menendez (D) New Jersey, a son of Cuban immigrants and Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D) California, a daughter of Mexican immigrants introduced the legislation. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 provides a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
The proposed bill creates an eight-year path to citizenship for almost all undocumented immigrants in the United States as of January 1, 2021. First, following a background check that includes proof of the full payment of taxes, an applicant would receive an official employment work authorization permit for a period of 5 years. After five years, they would become eligible for a green card. Finally, after three years with permanent residency, an immigrant could apply for full citizenship.
The proposed legislation would also increase employment-based visas. Businesses and other employers will be able to more easily attract global talent by bringing foreign workers to the United States based on a variety of visas.
The bill also vastly improves family-based immigration. Families seeking to reunify will find it easier to come to the United States. Spouses and minor children will be able to join relatives currently residing here as the bill would eliminate many roadblocks currently in place.
Please check back frequently for updates as the bill works its way through Congress and changes are made to it. We will also highlight additional portions of the legislation in upcoming updates.
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