Will undocumented individuals get legal status under President Biden?

President Biden announced his immigration plan:

1. An 8-year pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants.

Biden’s plan provides a 5-year path to permanent residence for all undocumented individuals present in the United States on January 1, 2021, followed by a 3-year wait for U.S. citizenship. Certain individuals’ path would be shorter, including DACA dreamers and agricultural workers.

2. Eliminating the 3-year and 10-year bars.

Individuals who are in the United States illegally for 180 days and depart are prohibited from returning for 3 years and individuals who are in the United States illegally for 1 year are prohibited from returning for 10 years if they depart. President Biden’s proposal would remove those bars and allow certain individuals to gain legal status in the United States without traveling abroad.

3. Expanding legal immigration.

Biden’s proposal would make significant changes to the legal immigration system. It will reduce green card backlogs, eliminate per-country limits on visas, and provide fast paths to a green card for children and spouses of green card holders.

President’s proposal will need to be approved by Congress.

Please note that this article does not constitute legal advice.  We simplified President Biden’s proposal to provide general information.  If you would like to obtain a visa or green card, schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer in Phoenix at TODAY or call our office at 480-425-2009.