The proposal states that persons illegally in the USA on 1/1/2021 would be eligible to file for temporary status. This status would protect you from deportation, permit you to work legally, and travel overseas. After being in the USA in temporary status for at least 5 years, you could apply for permanent residency (green card). To qualify for permanent residency, the applicant must at a minimum prove:
They have paid taxes in the USA
They have not been arrested
Maintained their employment
Owe no child support or alimony
Ensure they will not become a public charge
Have completed a minimum level of education.
There is also a proposal to grant permanent residency to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) holders. If you are eligible, but not yet applied do so quickly. The process is taking longer, but having DACA status may be a quick road to permanent residency once Congress acts. Eligible persons must have entered as children and been residing in the USA since 2007.
If you are eligible for a green card any other way (through sponsorship by employment or family) you should begin this process now. Traditionally, people who have filed an application under a previous law have been given priority to completing their cases. In addition, because we do not know when the final version of the law will be effective, or what will be required, it is important that you NOT WAIT but begin any application for permanent residency as soon as possible through any available means.
Our office assists in obtaining green cards by sponsorship through family members or companies/households seeking workers. Contact our office on how you can best position yourself for the new immigration law when it happens.