An exciting announcement came February 24th when President Biden lifted the Trump-era ban on certain types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas (Proclamation 10014).
The ban was intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it resulted in many students, workers, and close family members of US citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents being barred from entry for many months, which harmed businesses and put undue stress on families. With the ban being lifted, certain students and employees, as well as parents of US citizens and children of Lawful Permanent Residents will now be able to complete their applications and enter the US upon approval. This includes green card applications and work visas for skilled workers in the H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L-1 and J categories
The backlog of visa applications may take years, if not more, to sift through unless the Biden administration has a strategic plan for that issue as well. Regardless, it is a step in the right direction towards more equitable immigration policy and one of the many executive orders President Biden has made to dismantle Trump’s hardline anti-immigration policies.