Illegal immigrants might be put on about a 10-year path toward a green card under legislation taking shape in the Senate.
Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey discussed the timeline in a roundtable meeting Thursday with Spanish-language reporters.
Aides said later that nothing has been agreed to and the timeline could change.
The timeline refers to how long someone would have to wait in a provisional legal status before qualifying for permanent residency and a green card.
Under current law, wait times for a green card can vary greatly.