Biden’s Immigration Reforms

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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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President Biden to Decide on New Refugee Cap

Last Friday, President Biden announced that the record-low 15,000 annual cap on refugees would not be lifted, and that it “remains justified”. Democratic members of congress were not happy about this and, just a few hours later, the White House revoked the statement and said that they would be issuing information on an ‘increased’ cap on May 15th. The news disappointed immigration advocacy groups across the country who expected Biden’s

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Trump-Era Public Charge Rule Dropped by Biden

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the Biden Administration will no longer apply the Trump-Era public charge rule as it is “neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources”. The rule, which has long proved to be a significant barrier to some green card applicants, allows U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny a U.S. visa to any individual who is “likely

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DACA TPs American Dream Act

DACA and TPS Bill Passed by House of Representatives

On Thursday March 18th, the House of Representatives passed a bill looking to give legal status to DACA recipients, and those protected under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The American Dream and Promise Act, part of the Biden Administration’s wide-ranging immigration reform plans, would give legal status to those who unlawfully entered the U.S. as children and are temporarily protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy – also known

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