The proposed House of Representatives’ budget reconciliation bill includes provisions to allow legalization of several million so-called Dreamers and certain essential workers if they have been in the United States since January 1, 2121. Temporary protected status recipients and people who have received deferred enforced departure could legalize their status if they have been here for at least three years. 

Other highlights of the bill include:

  • Unused immigrant visa numbers from certain date ranges would be recaptured, including family and employment visas that went unused and diversity visas if a person was refused a visa solely due to a Trump visa ban or slowdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Adjustment of status applications could be submitted without regard to visa availability with a fee of $1,500 plus $250 for each derivative beneficiary. 
  • Adjustment applicants would be exempted from family numerical limits if they have a priority date more than two years old and are:
    • Applying for FA-1, FA-3, or FA-4 immigrant visa categories and pay a fee of $2,500
    • Applying for EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3 categories and pay $5,000
    • Applying for EB-5 and pay $50,000

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