Joe Biden revokes Trump’s immigrant visa ban

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The now revoked order had suspended the entry of some immigrants and non-immigrants to the United States, allegedly to protect the labor market in the wake of COVID-19.

The Biden administration took another step Thursday to undo the legacy of the Trump administration’s immigration policy by revoking Donald Trump’s suspension of new immigrant visas that had been in effect since the end of April. last year. The order had been extended until March 31 by Mr. Trump.

The now repealed ordinance (Proclamation 10014) had suspended the entry of some immigrants and non-immigrants to the United States, allegedly on the grounds of protecting the United States labor market in the wake of COVID-19.

In his proclamation, President Joe Biden said that his predecessor’s proclamation “does not advance the interests of the United States” and that “on the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents to join their families here ”.

“It also hurts industries in the United States that use talent from all over the world. And that hurts those who were selected to have the opportunity to apply for, and those who also received, immigrant visas through the fiscal year 2020 diversity visa lottery, ”he said. .

The United States issues up to 55,000 immigrant visas annually (these become “green cards” after the recipient enters the United States) through its Diversity Lottery to encourage immigration of nationalities demographically under-represented in the United States. Green cards for some 26,000 newcomers have been stopped on a monthly basis due to proposal 10014, according to estimates from the Migration Policy Institute.

Mr Biden, however, did not revoke a Trump administration hiatus on H1-B (skilled worker), L (intra-company transfer) and several other categories of work and exchange visas (and dependents of these visa holders) which entered into force on June 24. year.

H1-B visas are mainly granted to IT workers, and most of these visas – over 70% – have gone to Indian citizens in recent years.


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