The United States President Joe Biden has decided to lift the ban that prohibited many diversity visa applicants from entering the country, stressing that keeping the doors closed on legal immigration did not help the United States.
“It harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here,” Biden pointed out in the proclamation, removing the previous proclamation, VisaGuide.World reports.
In April last year, former President Donald Trump decided to freeze the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020, insisting that the move would be an effective way to protect the job market and American workers amid the Coronavirus outbreak. However, many lawyers opposed the decision stressing that the move is blocking the majority of legal immigration to the United States.
On December 31, Trump prolonged the decision until the end of the coming month.
President Biden said that Trump’s Presidential Proclamation 10014 and Proclamation 10052 did not push forward the country’s interests; to the contrary, both harm US industries that look to find talents from countries worldwide.
According to Biden, they also harm individuals that were “selected to receive the opportunity to apply for, and those who have likewise received immigrant visas through the Fiscal Year 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery.”
A total of 120,000 family-based preference visas were vanished last year due to the bans imposed by former President Trump, based on American Immigrant Lawyers Association’s figures. Immigrants were not permitted to bring alone family members if they weren’t citizens of the US applying for a visa for their children under 21 or spouses.
Trump banned entry for all winners of the green card lottery chosen among 14 million applicants through the program that allowed them to live in the US territory permanently.
According to California’s immigration lawyer Curtis Morrison, which represents thousands of persons affected by Trump’s restrictions, the blocked visas reached 437,000 for family-based visas alone.
Back in September, a federal judge in Washington ordered the Former’s President Administration to start re-issuing green card visas for all persons who won them through the lottery in 2020.
In 2020, the United States Department of State issued about 12,000 diversity visas; still, Trump’s blocking affected the process deeply. The United States District Judge Amit Mehta previously stressed that approximately 43,000 lottery winners are still waiting for their finished procedures.
The Diversity Visa Lottery enables all persons from countries worldwide who do not have high immigration rates to the US to live permanently in the US through the lottery program.
The United States yearly issues over 55,000 visas to all citizens coming from countries worldwide. The majority of these persons come from Africa’s continent.
Since Joe Biden became President of the United States, he revoked some of Trump’s decisions, including lifting the travel ban on 13 Muslim and African countries, which was imposed after former President Trump four years ago signed an Executive Order which would allow the ban to take effect. The ban was also known as the Muslim Ban.