President-elect Joe Biden is planning to announce an extensive immigration reform bill on his first day in office, the Associated Press has reported.
Biden will reportedly send the immigration bill to Congress Wednesday, which could provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status.
The legislation would allow those living in the U.S. without legal status as of Jan. 1, 2021, five years of temporary status, and the opportunity to receive a green card upon meeting requirements like paying taxes and passing a background check, according to the AP. Eligibility to apply for citizenship would follow three years later.
For some immigrants, such as the children protected under the DREAM Act or agricultural workers, acquiring citizenship could reportedly come sooner if they are working, in school or meet other requirements.
The traditional trade-off of enhanced border security, favored by many republicans, is not included in the bill, the AP notes. It is uncertain whether this bill will pass in a closely divided Congress.