What's changing in 2021 for green cards, citizenship?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

President Biden's US Citizenship Act of 2021 has been introduced in Congress. The bill sets a course for naturalization while seeking to reverse former President Trump's tight immigration policies.

The latest order is part of Biden's hefty immigration reform package -- formally named the US Citizenship Act of 2021 -- which would include providing an eight-year path to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented immigrants if it becomes law, as well as preserving and fortifying the DACA program. The sweeping proposal, which was introduced in Congress in February, aims to reverse and revise policies from the previous administration.

Lawmakers appear to be anticipating pushback on the bill's passage but are prepared to take a piecemeal approach.

"We're pursuing an all-of-the-above strategy," the bill's lead sponsor, Rep. Linda Sanchez, said in a press conference in February. "All options are on the table and we hope to pass robust immigration reform, but there are other great immigration bills that we also will be taking up and hopefully passing as well."

In February, Biden signed three more executive orders about immigration. The orders individually seek to reunite immigrant families separated at the border, investigate humanitarian issues at the US' southern border and review the previous administration's immigration policies for groups like undocumented essential workers, Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status recipients.

Here's what you need to know about Biden's new immigration plans and how the path to naturalization would work for millions of undocumented US residents.


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