American Dream & Promise Act Passed

On March 18, 2021, the US House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Bill (H.R.6) by 228 votes to 197.

What is the Act proposing?

If the American Dream & Promise Act becomes law, 2.3 million undocumented individuals brought to the US as children may be eligible to attain lawful status and conditional 10-year permanent residence, and cancel removal proceedings, provided they meet certain requirements.

To be eligible for conditional permanent residence, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients and other undocumented foreign nationals must have been continuously physically present in the US on or before January 1, 2021, they must pass a background check, and be enrolled in or have completed certain educational programs.

These conditions may be removed if the individual applies and meets certain requirements, such as either having an undergraduate degree, serving in the military for two years, or working in the US for three years.

In addition, individuals in Temporary Protected Status would be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

Children of US work visa holders awaiting their green cards would be allowed to adjust status.

The Bill now passes to the Senate for approval before it can be passed into law, which may prove problematic as 60 senators out of 100 will be required to pass the Bill into law.

US immigration advice

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This article does not constitute direct legal advice and is for informational purposes only.