- These are the requirements for Biden’s immigration reform
- Find out which are the key requirements to receive the benefits of the reform
- Not all undocumented immigrants will be able to get their papers
Not Everyone Qualifies: These are the key requirements to get your papers through the immigration reform proposed by President Joe Biden. The bill that the Democrats are pushing in Congress would benefit millions, but it would also ‘leave out’ those who do not meet the conditions.
The new US Citizenship Act has reached Congress, but there is still “a long way” to go before it can grant citizenship to the millions of immigrants who live without documents in the United States and who have been “waiting” for their papers for several years.
Immigration Reform: The ‘Essential’ Requirements
One of the main requirements to be eligible is to have arrived or be living in the country before January 1, 2021, so any immigrant who arrived later will not qualify for citizenship through Biden’s immigration reform.
Any immigrant who does not meet the key requirements, that is, who has not been present in the country before this date, would not be able to access the benefits of immigration reform. In addition, some documents to verify the stay of the undocumented.
Not to be convicted of these crimes
The ambitious immigration reform that Biden sent to Congress also contemplates a series of background checks as requirements, which if not ‘approved’ by immigrants would also be a reason that would leave them out of the benefits of the historic immigration reform.
Having been convicted of three or more misdemeanors is one reason they would be out. This, excluding “the simple possession of cannabis or any crime involving cannabis, which is no longer prosecutable in the state in which the conviction was entered”, according to the bill.
Other crimes you should not commit
Also, after the revelation of the immigration reform, one of the most prominent requirements by which an immigrant could be excluded is to have been convicted of a felony, “excluding any crime under state law for which an essential element is the state migratory ”of the non-citizen, indicates the text.
The White House has already accepted that it will not be able to approve a single great immigration plan and will have to promote it in parts, something that has already begun to do in the Lower House that approved two bills: one to protect the “dreamers” who arrived. to the country of children and another to regularize undocumented agricultural workers.
Immigration reform contemplates paying taxes as a requirement
According to The Associated Press, another requirement would be the payment of taxes. The reform, which has been called “the most progressive bill in history,” would provide for applicants to comply with their obligations to the treasury.
It should be mentioned that this requirement is also considered within the requirements to obtain a aid check by coronavirus. Immigrants can make their declarations despite their immigration status, through a Taxpayer Personal Identification Number (ITIN, in English).
Not having come out with a ‘pending’ deportation order
In addition, any immigrant who has left the United States subject to an order of exclusion, deportation, revocation or voluntary departure will not be able to access the benefit according to the legislative text recently published by Democratic congressmen.
The fact that both houses have endorsed Biden’s ambitious plan, which would provide $ 1.9 trillion to fight the coronavirus, is quite a victory for the new president, but the battle to achieve it has made it clear that he will not have it so easy with other priorities, indicates Efe.
Not having ‘returned’ is another requirement
In addition, within the numerous pages of immigration reform, another requirement that excludes any immigrant who re-entered the United States illegally after January 1, 2021. It is worth mentioning that it is necessary for immigrants to meet certain requirements .
Debates in the Lower House and Senate have shown that there is very little room for bipartisanship in Congress, portending a tough road for President Joe Biden’s immigration reform to become a reality.
Immigration reform will need several documents as requirements
Documents, such as the birth, marriage, divorce certificate as well as papers that demonstrate your educational level and your employment as pay stubs, are some of the requirements that the Immigration Reform could contemplate to give the ‘papers’ to millions of immigrants .
In addition, other documents such as the fulfillment of obligations, as well as the payment of pension or child support, are some of the most common that the Al Día Dallas portal has listed with the support of immigration lawyers on the reform.
Immigration reform could request English as a requirement
The reform offers, after five years the ‘Green Card’, once they have residency, immigrants who seek to access the ‘full’ citizenship offered by the Immigration Reform of President Joe Biden, must meet another series of requirements in order to obtain that much desired benefit.
Among them, according to the informational page issued by the White House, immigrants applying for citizenship will have to pass an additional background check again and demonstrate “proficiency in English”.
Knowing about “civics” could be another requirement
As with the requirement on mastering English, a civics test would be considered as one of the requirements to be ‘out’ of the reform. “What is the supreme law of the land?”, “What is a right or freedom that the First Amendment guarantees?”, Are some questions that might come up.
Although it is too early to know for sure what this ‘civics’ exam will consist of, agencies such as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) already have similar exams and questions to give ‘papers’ to undocumented immigrants.
Biden’s immigration reform provides greater benefits for immigrant agricultural workers, and according to the legislation, undocumented immigrants who have worked in the fields for at least five years could access their papers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The provision on agricultural workers could give papers to around 1.1 million, indicates Efe. This, provided they can demonstrate that they have worked 2,300 hours or 400 working days in the US agricultural sector during a period of five years.
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