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Biden rescinds Trump’s pandemic-era ban on certain immigrant visas

President Biden on Wednesday revoked a Trump-era suspension of sure immigrant visas that had dramatically reduce authorized immigration to the U.S. in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

When enacting them in April 2020, President Trump mentioned the restrictions had been mandatory to stop new immigrants from competing with U.S. employees within the labor market in the course of the financial recession brought on by the pandemic.

Mr. Trump used a broad govt energy to ban the issuance of sure visas for potential immigrants hoping to maneuver to the U.S. completely by way of petitions filed by their members of the family or potential employers within the U.S. The restrictions additionally froze the range visa lottery, a program that permits immigrants from underrepresented international locations, lots of them in Africa, to come back to the U.S.

Spouses and youngsters 21 or youthful of U.S. residents weren’t topic to the immigrant visa limits, which additionally exempted some well being care employees combating the pandemic, in addition to rich immigrants who agreed to speculate greater than $1 million within the U.S.

In his personal proclamation Wednesday, Mr. Biden mentioned the Trump-era immigrant visa ban didn’t “advance the pursuits” of the nation.

“On the contrary, it harms america, together with by stopping sure members of the family of United States residents and lawful everlasting residents from becoming a member of their households right here,” Mr. Biden wrote. “It additionally harms industries in america that make the most of expertise from world wide.” 

The Biden administration had come underneath intensifying strain from advocates to rescind Mr. Trump’s immigration limits, which had been set to run out on March 31. Teams that favor drastic cuts to authorized immigration supported Mr. Trump’s bans, arguing that they protected U.S. employees.

Mr. Biden’s proclamation on Wednesday didn’t revoke one other set of pandemic-era restrictions Mr. Trump instituted to halt sure visitor employee packages, together with H-1B visas, that are widespread within the know-how sector. 

These restrictions, which have additionally halted visas for au pairs, non-agricultural seasonal laborers and different momentary employees, are set to run out on the finish of March.

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