Biden’s Immigration Reforms

Biden to Raise Refugee Cap to 125,000

The White House today proposed an increase in the annual refugee admissions ceiling, from 62,500 to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022 which starts October 1. President Biden previously raised the ceiling to 62,500 from a record low of 15,000 set by President Trump. State Department Spokesperson, Ned Price, said in a statement on Monday that President Biden had sent a report to Congress detailing his intention to open up the

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Over 23,000 Afghan Refugees Have Arrived in America

Among the 31,000 people airlifted to safety in the U.S. from Afghanistan in recent weeks, over 23,000 are refugees who are looking to start new lives in America. According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, the vast majority of these people are being accommodated at 7 military bases across the U.S. awaiting customs processing, on top of another 20,000 who are being housed in European

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President Biden Offers Hong Kong Residents in the United States Protection from Removal and Work Authorization for 18 months

On Thursday (August 5, 2021) President Biden issued a memorandum directing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for “certain Hong Kong residents” who are present in the US. DED will be available to residents of Hong Kong who were present in the United States on August 5, 2021 and remain continuously present in the US since August 5, 2021. President Biden stated that his decision was in response to China’s imposition of

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President Biden Celebrates New U.S. Citizens at 4th July Event

President Joe Biden celebrated 21 new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the White House on Friday, on the same day his administration rolled out a new strategy encouraging more immigrants to become citizens. The ceremony was part of a USCIS effort to swear in over 9,400 new citizens across 170 naturalization ceremonies between June 30 and July 7 – demonstrating their ‘commitment to welcoming immigrants’. The 21 new

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Biden Outlines New Measures for Deported Veterans

President Joe Biden’s administration this week unveiled new measures allowing immigrants who have served in the army and later deported to return to the U.S. legally. A ‘rigorous, systematic’ approach to review cases In an announcement from DHS secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the government ordered immigration authorities to form a ‘rigorous, systematic’ approach to review cases of immigrants where there had been a ‘failure to live up to America’s highest values’.

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More Central American Parents Eligible to Bring Children to U.S.

The Biden Administration has announced this week that immigrants who have pending applications for asylum or U visas can file petitions to bring their children to the United States. This adds onto an Obama-era policy where immigrants who had obtained green cards, TPS and other forms of legal status, and were eligible to file applications for the program on behalf of their children. The Obama-era policy, which intended to discourage

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Biden to Speed Up U-Visa Work Permits for Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crime

The Biden administration this week announced that they will speed up temporary work permit applications for undocumented immigrants who are victims of crime, under the U-Visa program. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in a June 14 memo that they will begin expediting processing of cases due to “drastic increases in the volume of U nonimmigrant petitions and a growing backlog awaiting placement on the waiting list or final

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Biometrics Plans Scrapped

Plans Requiring Collection of Immigrant DNA, Eye Scans and Voice Prints Cancelled

A new rule, proposed by Trump towards the end of his administration and required  immigrants to submit a wide range of biometrics data including DNA, eye scans, photos (facial recognition), and voice prints at any point until they became U.S. citizens, has been scrapped by President Biden. The controversial policy, which was first proposed in September 2020 and part of the Trump’s pledge to increase vetting of foreign nationals, would

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International Entrepreneur Rule

Biden Announces Return of Obama-Era Entrepreneur Program

The White House on Monday announced the return of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) that was introduced by President Obama’s administration back in 2017, but was effectively suspended by President Trump before it took effect. The rule allows more entrepreneurs to immigrate to the U.S. and start businesses, with eligible immigrants able to stay in the country for up to five years, providing they can attract $250,000 in investment in

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