Marianas in U.S. Citizenship Act

Feb 22, 2021
Marianas in U.S. Citizenship Act

Rep. Linda Sanchez and Sen. Robert Menendez introduced yesterday President Biden’s vision for modernizing immigration, the U.S. Citizenship Act, which includes special provisions for the Marianas I helped draft with the Biden transition team last year. The Act incorporates elements of my bill, H.R. 560, that grant permanent status to certain CW workers and foreign investors in the Marianas. The Act, also, makes certain noncitizens, including many in the Marianas, eligible for a new “Law Prospective Immigrant” status. LPI status provides lawful presence and work authorization, is valid for six years, and may be extended for an additional six years. After a minimum of five years in LPI status, an individual may be eligible for U.S. lawful permanent residence. Other provisions address backlogs in the immigrant visa system by recapturing unused visas, and adjusting certain per-country limits and create an exemption from worldwide visa limits for children of certain Filipino veterans. I am an original co-sponsor of the U.S. Citizenship Act.