Saul Loeb – AFP / Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. (Saul Loeb – AFP / Getty Images)
Congressional Democrats introduced an expansive immigration bill Thursday in the House and Senate that would create an eight-year citizenship path for millions of immigrants already in the U.S. and a faster track for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children.
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 will cut the time to acquire citizenship from 13 years to eight years, according to an administration official.
Individuals will hold temporary status for five years and then have three years to get citizenship.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status recipients could apply for green cards immediately under the proposed legislation.
In another three years, they can apply for citizenship if they pass background checks and demonstrate proficiency in the