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Infrastructure Bill & Immigration: What Is In The Build Back Better Act (HR 5376)

Congressional leaders continue to push for inclusion of immigration reforms in the Build Back Better Act (HR 5376).  The House passed HR 5376, and we are urging action by the Senate. Congress must act NOW, or it will lose the opportunity to get reform done in this Congress. 

Gloria Cardenas and the entire Familia America team wants Congress to provide relief to people who do not have legal status, to alleviate severe immigrant visa backlogs by supporting the recapture of unused employment-based, family-based, and DV based visas, and to fund legal representation programs.

We need your help to keep the pressure on Congress to pass this bill with immigration provisions. It is imperative that they hear from people like you. They need to know that their constituents support immigration reforms through passing of the Build Back Better Act and oppose anti-immigrant amendments that may be offered.

At Familia America, we want to focus on a specific aspect of this bill. Not only does it address physical infrastructure, but also human and social infrastructure as well on the heels of President Biden’s campaign promise to offer undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

So what does this bill mean for immigration and citizenship for those coming to the United States?

How Does The Build Back Better Act Relate to Immigration

With billions of dollars of the Build Back Better Act allocated to immigration issues, what can you or loved ones immigrating to the United States expect to gain from this overhaul? 

  • Reformed immigration systems
  • Reduced visa backlogs
  • Expanded legal representations
  • Efficient and human border processing

Additionally, immigrants who are already in the country without legal status would able to apply for permits to work and travel in the United States for five years. 

For undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US before 2011, there is the possibility of temporary protection from deportation for a parole period of five years. Whether this will make it into the final bill remains to be seen.

Additionally, hundreds of unused visas dating back to 1992 will be recaptured and protect millions of undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States for years from any kind of deportation.

People awaiting green cards to be issued green cards for at least two years will be able to pay additional fees to bypass certain annual and per-country limitations. This will allow them to become residents much sooner than they would have otherwise.

Diversity Visa winners from countries with low levels of immigration will have their green card privileges preserved; a reversal on the Trump-era travel bans and the pandemic.

In a real win for children, families’ access to the Child Tax Credit could be restored allowing undocumented children can receive support.

In conclusion, the Infrastructure Bill stands to bring a pathway of hope and dignity to immigrants who are ready to be a part of the American dream.

Familia America Can Help With The Infrastructure Bill & Immigration

At Familia America, our passion is connecting immigrants with the resources they need to create the life they came here for. Furthermore, our team is closely following the Infrastructure Bill so that we can assist you in navigating the legal systems in a way that sets you up for success. 

If you ever need an Build Back Better Act update, please check our blog or give us a call. Para más información en español, haga clic aquí.

Let us guide you through the process and be your resource for the latest in the Infrastructure Bill. In conclusion, it could be possible for immigrants to take advantage of this new law if passed.  Familia America can guide you by walking you through this process of the infrastructure bill & immigration law if it is passed.

Contact a Salt Lake City Fiancé Visa Attorney at Familia America Today

Attorney Gloria Cardenas brings more than 30 years of experience in immigration law to help protect the rights of clients and their family members. She and her knowledgeable team at Familia America work diligently behind the scenes to help process fiancé visa applications as quickly as possible. To learn more, contact the legal professionals at Familia America in Salt Lake City and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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