The Senate’s Approved Budget Plan Could Create New Pathways to Citizenship for Millions of Foreign Nationals

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By: Joy Dungca

The Senate passed a new $3.5 trillion Democratic budget plan on Wednesday, August 11 including funds to create legislative policies that may open the door to legal permanent status for qualified foreign nationals, and that would strengthen border security.

The plan could cover Dreamers who entered the United States as children, migrant farmworkers, pandemic-related essential workers, and current Temporary Protected Status holders.

Up to 10 million migrants could be eligible for a new citizenship path.

The budget plan has passed the Senate and will need to pass by a House majority to become law. The House is expected to approve the plan in the next two weeks.


Despite some opposition, the Senate Judiciary committees will start creating the legislation for the resolution’s immigration reforms. The current deadline for these provisions is September 15, 2021.

The Chugh, LLP immigration team will monitor the budget plan as it moves through Congress. For case-specific questions, please contact your immigration professional.


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