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Immigrants may get residency in Obama plan

Published on Feb 17, 2013 10:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House is drafting an immigration plan that would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent US residents within eight years, reports said.

The plan would also allocate additional security funds and require business owners to check the immigration status of any new hires within four years. The estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States could also apply for a "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa, the report said.

According to the draft, which USA Today said was being circulated among various government agencies, visa applicants would need to pass a criminal background check, file biometric information and pay fees.

Once approved, they would be allowed to reside in the United States legally, work, and leave the country for short visits without losing their status.

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