The world may seem on pause as the economy continues to adapt. As the economy strives to adjust to this ‘new normal’, several laws have crossed the line of the old norm. One of these laws is the immigration laws of the United States.
As the Biden Administration persists in reversing the restrictions made during the past administration, the newly elected president decided to focus more light on immigration. The changes are stated to have included plans for refugee admissions, deportation solutions for those entering the U.S. as a child immigrant, and Green Card issues.
Increase Refugee Admissions
The President had stated to increase the admission rate of refugees this 2021. According to the administration, there will be 62,500 refugees to be openly admitted to the country this year. By the year 2022, by October, admission permits that amount to 125,000 will be given.
The boost in the number of admission caps was partially due to last year’s significant decrease in admission. The United States was only able to admit 12,000 refugees secondary to suspension of admittance because of the worldwide COVID-19. Biden also plans to reverse the decrease of admission enforced by the Trump Administration.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program responsible for protecting immigrants who had entered the U.S. when they were a child from being deported. Last December 31, 2020, a total of 636,000 unlawful immigrants had momentary work permits and had deportation relief under the program.
However, as the past administration tried to end the program, Biden placed DACA as one of his administration’s priorities. The administration, together with the federal government, is eager to retain the program. As per the President’s goal to keep and preserve the safety of ‘Dreamers’ or DACA recipients, it would be a massive benefit for university students and scholars under the program.
Spouse and Children Green Cards
Employment-based green cards have often received grants, with an estimated 140,000 foreign workers and families per annum. Due to the surge of non-citizen workers within the country, Biden and his administration have proposed to allow spouses and children of employee visa holders to be granted Green Cards without it counting in the annual quota.
The exemption of spouses and children in the visa count can help clear out the large backlog of applicants. The backlog of applicants is the root of slow processing in every immigration embassy and pending response for help on some foreigners who need it.
The Biden Administration has started crucial changes in the United States that will help immigrants to move forward in the country they long to visit or work for. Apart from the employment-based green cards for primary families, the President also proposed increasing the total diversity visas to 80,000 per annum. The diversity visa is remembered to be one of the programs the Trump administration sought to end. However, with the new administration arising, new changes are expected to come forth. For more information, ask an immigration lawyer near you.