Citizens of worldwide countries wishing to live in the United States could soon be subject to simpler and shorter procedures in order to reach their goal, as the latter’s government is seeking to make the immigration process more accessible.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has unveiled his plans to expand the legal immigration system, according to a 46-page draft blueprint obtained by the New York Times, VisaGuide.World reports.
“Potential immigrants will have a better chance of securing US work visas or joining their families in the United States,” the 46-page proposal said.
The new changes would also bring better opportunities for families to reunite and more chances to hold a US visa.
Biden’s administration is seeking to reverse former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reduce the number of international workers, families, and refugees.
Former President Trump doubled the average time that it takes in order to approve diversity visas. In addition, since 2014, the backlog for citizenship applications is more than 80 percent, to over 900,000 cases.
Biden’s administration previously lifted the ban, which affected the green card lottery applicants by banning them from entering the country, after the President said that closing the doors on legal immigration did not help the United States.
While pretending to help the job market in America from the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, in April last year, Mr. Trump suspended the issuance of diversity visas until the end of last year.
Such a decision was opposed by many US lawyers who stressed that the move was impeding the majority of legal immigration to America.
President Biden previously announced plans to reopen H-1B petitions, designed for internationals engaged in fields such as professors, doctors, architects, etc., to work in the United States temporarily. H-1B petitions remained denied due to three rescinded Trump policy memos.
Such an announcement was welcomed by many Indian professionals who make the most significant national group of applicants for the US H-1B visa program, or nearly two-thirds of the total of 85,000 visas.
Biden’s new changes that have brought hope for immigrants worldwide have been considered very needed by the Chief of Staff at USCIS, Felicia Escobar Carrillo, adding that many other changes need to be made.
“In the same way that [the Trump administration] took a broad-stroke approach to close off avenues, I think we want to take a broad approach toward opening up the legal avenues that have always been available but that they tried to put roadblocks upon,” Carrillo added.
Before introducing the “46-page ‘DHS Plan to Restore Trust in Our Legal Immigration System” document, the United States Citizenship and Immigration System sent a 14-page document to the White House defining plans to ‘enhance procedures for becoming a naturalized US citizen’ among other things.
However, USCIS didn’t provide any details on how such a plan could be functionalized. According to the Department of Homeland Security, all the measures mentioned in USCIS’s document to the White House could be reached without Congressional approval.