Renewing the Immigration Provision of the Immigration the Act of 1929 bill would restore the immigration status of millions
Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929 stores immigration registry. This new bill would allow millions of immigrants to access permanent access through the registry.
The immigration registry has been providing access to millions of individuals to apply for legal permanent status in the US for about a century. However, Congress’s inability to update eligibility requirements has kept many immigrants, including those undocumented, from adjusting their immigration status.
Is this new bill good news for millions of immigrants?
The new bill that renews the Immigration Act of 1929 would restore the process of eligibility date for the immigration registry. It would allow individuals who have contributed to the country for many years to use the legal pathway to permanent residency and citizenship.
This new Congress bill can adjust the immigration status of 8.3 million people if their eligibility date advances to 1st January 2016. This also included 7.3 million undocumented individuals who have been living in the United States for an average of 19 years.
Restoring pathway to permanent status and citizenship
The “Renewing Immigration provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929” bill, passed on the 9th of March 2023, would allow lawful access to permanent residency to millions of immigrants.
The immigration registry is a current process to allow immigrants permanent resident status based on their residency in the country. The current provision requires individuals to have remained and entered the country since 1st January 1972.
With the new bill that renews the Immigration the Act of 1929, this 1972 cutoff will be replaced with a rolling eligibility date to allow people to apply for immigration registry after living in the US for at least seven years and meeting admissibility conditions.
Dreamers, backlogged green card applicants, and TPS holders could be eligible
The majority of undocumented immigrants have lived in the US for many years, building their local communities and contributing to economies.
7.3 million undocumented immigrants can be eligible for permanent status and citizenship under the new eligibility date once the Immigration Act of 1929 is renewed. Of 7.3 million, 2.7 are Dreamers who set foot in the country as children. 300,000 TPS (temporary protected status) holders would also be eligible.
Nearly 1.1 million of these potentially eligible immigrants are married to a US citizen and US citizen children. This new bill that will be renewing the Immigration Act of 1929 would keep US families together and meet workforce shortage problems in the country.