President Biden Reverses Trump-Era Immigration Ban

On 24 February, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation that revokes the immigrant visa ban suspending the entry of foreign nationals in immigrant (green card) visa categories.

The proclamation is the most recent action from President Biden concerning immigration policies.

President Biden’s action this week immediately revokes Proclamation 10014 and its extension of 22 April 2020 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak), which temporarily banned the entry of foreign nationals outside the U.S. and was set to expire at the end of March.

The 24 February Proclamation explained that the ban harms the U.S. “by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families” while also harming “industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world.”

Worldwide ERC® has been advocating for the revocation of the immigrant and nonimmigrant visa entry bans in a recent policy paper shared with the Biden administration and in an amicus brief, as well as in a Worldwide ERC® letter and stakeholder letter sent last year. Worldwide ERC® also recently thanked the Biden Administration for revoking the immigrant visa entry ban, Proclamation 10014, and are calling for them to revoke the nonimmigrant visa entry ban, Proclamation 10052.

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How This Impacts Mobility

President Biden’s issuance of a proclamation that immediately revokes the immigrant visa entry ban will assist workforce mobility employers and employees who have been unable to apply for an immigrant visa or enter the United States as a result of the ban. The proclamation does not revoke proclamation 10052 which temporarily suspends the entry of nonimmigrant visas. We will continue to advocate to reverse nonimmigrant visa entry ban. Should any member have questions regarding these developments, please reach out to our Vice President of Member Engagement and Public Policy Rebecca Peters, rpeters@worldwideerc.org.