On his first day in office, President Biden sent a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress. While reports indicate that it is unlikely the bill will get passed as written, White House officials say that Biden is open to breaking it apart and passing it a little at a time. If passed, it as a whole or in small portions, it could have a significant impact on Texas and other border states with the following components.
Green card and citizenship for undocumented immigrants
People living without documentation in the United States on Jan. 1, 2021, could apply for a green card. Then, they could stay in the United States under temporary status. If they are not arrested for any crimes and pay their taxes, they could apply for citizenship three years later. Additionally, Biden’s plan would eliminate employment-based limits if one person in the immediate family has a green card.
Three-year path to citizenship for Dreamers
Individuals brought to the United States by their parents as children could apply for Temporary Protected Status. Once granted, they could get their green card and become citizens three years later. If you are eligible under DACA, then talking to an immigration lawyer may help ensure that your application goes smoothly.
Allows deported undocumented immigrants to return
If the government deported someone under new specific laws passed by the Trump Administration and they have family in the United States, they may return. The person will need to prove that they lived in the U.S. for at least three years before being deported. Some individuals may also be able to return for humanitarian reasons.
Raises or eliminates number caps
If the bill is passed, there would be no limits on the number of people who could come into the United States on work visas. Furthermore, per-country limits on family-based immigration would be drastically raised.
While everyone will have to wait to see what Congress does with the bill, talking to a lawyer now may make it easier if the bill passes. A lawyer may keep clients updated on all relevant changes in U.S. immigration law.
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