On February 24, President Joe Biden revoked the visa ban policy, Proclamation 10014 issued by the Trump Administration earlier during the pandemic that blocked many new workers to the US who did not have valid visas from entering the US. Further, President Biden revoked also section 1 of Proclamation 10052 of June 22, 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak), and section 1 of Proclamation 10131 of December 31, 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue To Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak).
This move by the current administration to remove this restrictive policy will certainly benefit many new foreign visa workers employed in the US. IT professionals, most of whom are highly skilled professionals and on the H1B work visas, must await long processing times running up to several years for their permanent resident cards and are most normally affected by the delays of the current immigration system which imposes a small percent per country quota for permanent resident cards. Hence such professionals must continue to reenter the US on work visas. While the ban did not affect persons already holding valid visas, it affected new workers into the US but had certain exemptions to the Proclamation such as EB-5 visa holders, permanent residents, and their families, US military family among others.
Still, the other proclamations mentioned above hindered certain immigrants from entering the US and the Biden Administration asserts that the prior policy of former President Donald Trump does not advance the interests of the United States but rather harms the United States, (section 1 of Proclamation 1031) including preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here. The policy further hurts the US economy and the competitive edge of companies as foreign citizens bring great skills, diversity, and expertise beneficial to the United States.
We, at Emandi Law Firm, will keep you posted with further updates.
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