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New Biden Legislation Makes U.S. Citizenship Possible for Undocumented Immigrants and Farmworkers

The bill, known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, provides undocumented individuals with an eight-year path to U.S. Citizenship. Undocumented individuals physically present in the United States on or before January 1, 2021, would be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). After five years, if they pass criminal and national security background checks and pay their taxes, they may apply for their green cards. Three years after receiving their green cards, and after passing additional background checks and demonstrating adequate knowledge of English and U.S. civics, they would be eligible for U.S. citizenship.

Undocumented farmworkers who worked in agriculture for at least 100 days in the last five years will be able to immediately apply for green cards. After three years in green card statusy, they would be able to apply for U.S. citizenship.

This bill, if passed, would grant an estimated 11 million undocumented individuals and 1 million farmworkers a streamlined path to green card status and U.S. citizenship.

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