Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Biden’s new immigration Bill gives 8-yr path to citizenship for immigrants

The Biden administration has introduced an ambitious immigration bill in Congress which among other things proposes to eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based green cards. The legislation would benefit thousands of Indian IT professionals and their families.

Those waiting for a Green Card for more than 10 years would get the legal permanent residency immediately as they would be exempted from the visa cap.

The bicameral immigration bill, if passed by both the chambers of the Congress – House of Representatives and the Senate – and signed into law by President Joe Biden, would bring citizenship to millions of foreign nationals, including undocumented workers and those who came to the country legally.

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The proposal includes an eight-year path to citizenship for most of the roughly 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. The citizenship path is not conditional on the implementation of border security measures, which had been a trade-off included in past immigration bills designed to earn Republican support.

Representative Linda Sanchez, a California Democrat, sponsored the bill in the House and New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez is its chief sponsor in the Senate.

Previous attempts to reform the nation’s immigration system have failed over the past two decades. Biden’s bill could face an even more daunting path because GOP lawmakers’ opposition to legalizing undocumented immigrants hardened during the Trump era.

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“It’s time to bring all 11 million undocumented out of the shadows,” Menendez said, calling them essential workers who should not be left behind by piecemeal efforts. “We are not going to make concessions out of the gate. We are not going to start with 2 million.”

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