The bill reforms the family-based immigration system by clearing backlogs, recapturing unused visas, eliminating long wait times, and increasing per-country visa caps.
It also eliminates the so-called “3 and 10-year bars,” and other provisions that keep families apart.
The bill further supports families by more explicitly including permanent partnerships and eliminating discrimination facing LGBTQ+ families.
It also provides protections for orphans, widows, children, and Filipino veterans who fought alongside the United States in World War II.
Lastly, the bill allows immigrants with approved family-sponsorship petitions to join the family in the United States on a temporary basis while they wait for green cards to become available.