Biden Lifts Immigrant Visa Ban

Gibney Anthony & Flaherty, LLP

On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued a Proclamation revoking the Trump era immigrant visa ban, which suspended the entry of certain immigrants seeking to apply for U.S. permanent residence from abroad.

Specifically, Biden revoked Proclamation 10014 issued in April 2020 and the subsequent extensions of this immigrant visa ban (section 1 of Proclamation 10052 and section 1 of Proclamation 10131).  Biden also directs relevant agencies to review and revise any agency rules or policies impacted by the revocation.  The Biden Administration explained that denying entry to these immigrants “does not advance the interests of the United States” and harms citizens and residents by keeping families apart.

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