President Joe Biden introduced a broad new immigration plan Wednesday, which includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and automatic green cards for young people brought to the United States unlawfully as children.
Here are some of the top proposals included in the bill:
- Allow undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary protected legal status, followed by a green card five years later if they meet certain requirements. From there, they can apply for citizenship after three years.
- Grant green cards immediately to DACA (Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals) recipients, those under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, and certain farm workers.
- In family-based visa categories, eliminate lengthy wait times, increase per-country visa caps, and allow family members to come to the United States while waiting for a green card to become available.
- Grant work permits to the spouses and children of those in the country on work visas.
- Make it easier for doctoral students in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to remain in the country after obtaining their degree.
- Reduce immigration court backlogs and provide legal representation for immigrant children.
Biden is also expected to issue a number of executive actions, including reversing the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban, which blocked immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
We’ll update this page as we learn more.