The Biden administration has proposed a comprehensive immigration bill, with a sweeping list of reforms and changes to our current system of laws. Below is a list of some of the major changes that Biden has proposed:
- Providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants present in the U.S. on or before January 1, 2021.
- This will immediately allow undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary legal status.
- Immigrants who are current on their taxes and pass certain criminal and national security background checks to apply for permanent status.
- It will allow current undocumented immigrants to apply for a green card after 5 years.
- It will allow immigrants to apply for citizenship after 3 additional years.
- Providing immigrants who have DACA or temporary protected status a chance to immediately apply for a green card.
- Allowing immigrants with an approved family-sponsored petition to join their family in the U.S. while they wait for a green card.
- Addressing long waits in the family immigration system.
- This will speed up the process for people to bring family members to the U.S.
- Reducing backlogs in the immigration system and courts.
- This will shorten wait times.
- It will increase the number of visas for many different groups of immigrants.
- It will give courts more resources.
- Eliminating the one-year deadline to file asylum claims.
- Providing more protections for applicants for U Visas, T Visas, and VAWA status.
- Banning discrimination against immigrants based on religion (specifically targets Muslim ban).
J Sparks Law remains hopeful that these reform ideas will become law for the benefit of millions of immigrants in the U.S. If you support these reforms, contact your congressional representative today! Find your congressional representative by clicking here.