Welcome back to the Immigration Lawyer Blog, where we discuss all things immigration. In this video, attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses the latest immigration legislation, otherwise known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.
So, what is this new bill all about and how can it benefit your family?
Keep on watching to learn more.
We have very exciting news for you today. We are pleased to report that Biden and congressional Democrats have introduced a brand-new piece of legislation known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. While his new bill has not yet become law, it is creating a lot of buzz because it proposes an earned path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who were in the United States on or before January 1, 2021.
The new bill would create a “fast track” green card application process for certain types of immigrants including DACA recipients, those who qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and farm workers who can demonstrate their work history.
The introduction of this bill is significant, because it appears that Congress is finally gearing up to compromise and pass a comprehensive immigration reform package for the first time in decades.
What are the main highlights of the bill?
The bill makes the following proposals:
- Establishes an 8-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States by January 1, 2021
- Provides an expedited path to citizenship for farm workers, those eligible for Temporary Protected Status, and undocumented young people who arrived to the U.S. as children with temporary status under DACA
- Establishes Lawful Prospective Immigrant Status for 6 years
- Replaces the word “alien” with “non-citizen” under immigration law
- Raises the per-country visa caps on family and employment-based legal immigration numbers
- Repeals the penalty that prohibits undocumented immigrants who leave the country from returning to the U.S. for between 3- and 10-years (repeals the 3 and 10-year bars) to allow for families to stay together without the need to file a waiver of inadmissibility
- Expands transitional antidrug task forces in Central America
- Increases funding for technology at the southern border