Those in the country for more than five years may file for legal status without leaving the country if they meet eight criteria, including proficiency in English, an up-to-date federal and state tax history dating back to their first year in the US, and having worked for at least three of the five years.
Those in the country for a period of two and five years must leave the country, where they may apply for a temporary worker visa; their applications will be given priority over all other green card applicants.
Those in the country for less than two years must leave the country, but they may apply for a temporary worker visa at that time.
Senate leaders are scrambling to hammer out an acceptable bill text before Friday, as the following two-week Easter recess is considered the final date for major legislation to be considered this term. The Washington Post has more.
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