January 22, 2021
On January 20, 2021, shortly after his swearing in, President Joseph R. Biden took swift action to revise Trump-era immigration practices and reaffirm the United States’ commitment to immigrants, issuing several immigration-related executive actions and sending a proposed immigration bill to Congress. These first-day actions have the potential to affect all facets of the immigration system, including for employment-based immigrants and family-based immigrants.
A brief summary of President Biden’s first day actions is below, and please stay posted to our website for further updates. We will be following all immigration-related developments closely. President Biden is expected to issue further immigration-related executive actions on January 29, 2021.
The White House Chief of Staff issued a memo pausing any of the outgoing Trump-Administration’s “midnight” regulations from taking effect. The new administration has adopted a 60-day delayed effective date for the new rules to give them time to review their legality and efficacy. This includes the delay of the effective date of a final rule to end the H-1B visa lottery. In addition, the regulatory freeze stops the implementation of Trump Administration rules that had yet to be finalized, such as those requiring biometrics from more individuals and making it harder to apply for asylum.
Proposed Immigration Reform Bill
The Biden Administration’s proposed immigration reform bill, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, contains many provisions including the following.
We will be following all developments as this proposed immigration reform bill makes its way through Congress. As those changes become more clear, our attorneys and staff are ready and available to assist you and your family or business.
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