For nearly a century, immigration registry has provided a process for individuals who have lived in the U.S. for a significant number of years to apply for lawful permanent status. Unfortunately, Congress has failed to update the eligibility requirements for decades, prohibiting many immigrants, including millions who are undocumented, from adjusting status through registry.
A new bill in Congress would restore this long-standing process by establishing a rolling eligibility date for registry, allowing individuals who have lived in and contributed to the United States for many years to access this lawful pathway to permanent status and ultimately citizenship.
As many as 8.5 million individuals could be initially eligible to adjust status if the registry date is advanced to January 1, 2015, including 7.9 million individuals who are undocumented and who have lived in the U.S. for 17 years on average.1
FWD.us has long supported updating the registry date and supports this bill—here’s why.