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Changes to immigration law and the path to citizenship

Immigrating to the U.S. has long proven challenging. However, President Joe Biden’s proposed changes to U.S. immigration law may help the almost 11 million people in the country without status. If you or a family member in Louisiana is looking for a path towards citizenship, becoming familiar with the suggested changes can help you better navigate the immigration system.

Proposed changes to immigration law

The prospective changes are sweeping and place a high priority on assisting as many immigrants as possible with gaining access to documentation. One of the most important provisions outlined offers an eight-year path to citizenship for those who are currently undocumented. Furthermore, it provides a five-year fast-track option for those who work in the agricultural field and members of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Another change the plan hopes to make is to eliminate the multi-year penalties given to those who were deported from the U.S. due to being in the country without documentation. These penalties can prevent someone from coming back into the U.S. for 3 to 10 years and make it incredibly challenging to see family members who reside in the U.S.

Lastly, another added benefit of the Biden plan is that it focuses on the humanity of immigration. Many immigrants from the last several years have come to the U.S. to flee violence in their home counties. President Biden’s plan aspires to address these issues by placing more money into policy objectives that focus on these causes.

Hurdles to overcome

Despite the sweeping overhauls President Biden would like to make, there are still several members of Congress who disagree with the changes. It is unclear at this time if the plan will become law.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the policy, it may be best to contact your immigration law attorney to learn more about what you can do to further your immigration case.

Continuing to stay informed about the latest immigration plans can assist you and your family with knowing how best to proceed with your immigration filing. Hopefully, should the new immigration law changes succeed, you may have the ability to get your green card or citizenship at a faster or easier pace than is currently available.