The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration legislation promised by the new Biden administration, has been introduced in Congress. The proposed immigration law will allow nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship on an eight-year timeline. DACA recipients, agricultural workers, and foreign nationals with Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure could seek citizenship even faster with immediate green card eligibility. Green card holders can apply for citizenship after three years. The legislation also includes provisions and funding to improve the refugee and asylum process, improve technology and infrastructure along the U.S. and Mexico border, streamline the naturalization process for some visa holders, and prohibit would religious discrimination against immigrants.
The legislation, introduced by California Representative Linda Sánchez and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, both the children of immigrants, faces an uphill battle, especially in the United States Senate. Political observers do not think the bill will pass in its entirety, but that some portions of the bill could become law. Comprehensive immigration reform in the United States has been elusive for several decades; the last immigration law with a focus on citizenship was passed in 1986, legalizing almost 3 million undocumented immigrants. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims to provide citizenship to more than three times the number of undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for an immediate green card would need to wait five years and pass criminal and national security background checks before becoming eligible.
Read the text of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 here.
Whether any part of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 will become law will be closely monitored by the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth. Our immigration attorneys have been helping immigrants live and work in the United States for 37 years. We provide 100% free initial consultations to anyone seeking immigration assistance. Call our offices today at 888-517-9888! We can help you make your immigration goals a reality.