By: Maria Schneider

President Biden has announced the US Citizenship Act of 2021, an immigration plan that could impact many immigration laws. At this time, President Biden’s plan is not law, but only a proposal. Although President Biden has promised many changes to immigration laws, these changes will take time to be implemented.

Once President Biden’s plan is introduced into Congress, either in the House of Representatives or the Senate, as a bill, the bill must successfully pass three steps before it becomes a law:
  1. Pass the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bill must be voted for by a majority of the members of the House of Representatives (the House) and the Senate.
  2. Conference Committee. If the House and the Senate pass different versions of the bill, the bill must be amended so that there is only one version of the bill. Once the bill has been amended, both the House and Senate must again pass the bill.
  3. Be signed by the President. Once a bill is signed by the President, the bill becomes a law.
As of today, the US Citizenship Act of 2021 introduced by President Biden is still only a plan and must be introduced to Congress as a bill and successfully pass these three steps before it becomes a law.