US President Joe Biden has introduced legislation to reform immigration, which would increase the numbers of foreign specialists working in the country who could eventually gain citizenship. It could also, in the long term, see citizenship achieved by the 10-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. The proposals would also speed up the granting of green card eligibility to “dreamers” – undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children – as well as those under temporary protected status and immigrant farmworkers.
US Citizenship Act of 2021
The new president additionally reversed several Donald Trump immigration policies by executive action. The US Citizenship Act of 2021 could see undocumented immigrants allowed to apply for temporary legal status, and give them the ability to apply for green cards after five years if they passed background checks and paid taxes. Migrant workers and the
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The number of overseas nationals leaving the UK could have reached 1.3 million migrant workers will be critical to the UK’s economic rebirth, Change to visa concessions may have scuppered new year hiring Dreamers, temporary protected status holders, and immigrant farmworkers who meet specific requirements would be eligible for green cards immediately under the legislation. After three years, these green card holders could apply for citizenship.
These green card holders could apply for citizenship.
Green Card lottery New Immigration Law
The act would also increase the number of diversity visas (also known as the green card lottery) issued from 55,000 to 80,000 and eliminate the three- and 10-year bans that prevent people from re-entering the US if they had left the country after being there illegally.
It would alter immigration laws to use the word “noncitizen” instead of “alien”.The green card lottery is aimed at diversifying the immigrant population in the US, by selecting applicants from countries with low numbers of immigrants in the previous five years. Around 12 million people applied for the lottery in 2019.
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But among the most important proposals in the bill were measures designed to incentivize higher wages for workers with H-1B non-immigrant visas so as not to displace existing US workers. The H-1B visa remains the most practical way for many people to work long-term in the US, including international students. The visa is designed for businesses that need foreign specialists on a temporary basis. It is thought, for example, that the move would benefit thousands of IT professionals in the US who had traveled from Asia, Africa, and Europe.