Biden Administration Proposes Immigration Bill to U.S. Congress: The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021

On January 20, the Biden Administration released a Fact Sheet announcing a proposed immigration bill to Congress. The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 seeks to reform major parts of the U.S. immigration system, such as providing a pathway for certain undocumented immigrants and persons with temporary status to become citizens, and reducing the backlog in family-based and employment-based immigration.

On day 1 of the new Administration, the White House announced it is sending a bill to Congress to reform major parts of the U.S. immigration system. 

It includes an earned roadmap for certain undocumented immigrants, Dreamers, TPS holders, and immigrant farmworkers to apply for green cards and, eventually, U.S. citizenship. 

Other proposed changes include reducing the backlog in family-based and employment-based immigration; recapturing unused visas; allowing intended immigrants with approved family petitions to join relatives in the U.S. on a temporary basis while they wait for green cards to become available;  and eliminating the 3/10-year unlawful presence bars to re-entry. 

The bill also authorizes additional funding to deploy new screening technology at U.S. ports of entry and to address the root causes of migration in the Central American region.

As of the date of this episode release, the bill has not been formally introduced in either the House or the Senate. It will NOT become law unless passed by Congress and signed by the President. 

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