The ban that stopped many green card applicants from entering the United States has been reversed by President Joe Biden. The ban which was placed by former President Donald Trump Biden was lifted on Wednesday, February 24.
The now revoked order (Proclamation 10014) had suspended the entry of certain immigrants and non-immigrants into the U.S. since late April 2020 on grounds of protecting the U.S. labor market in the wake of COVID-19.
President Biden said that shutting the door on legal immigration did not help the US. In his, proclamation, the President said Trump’s proclamation, “does not advance the interests of the United States” and that “to the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents from joining their families here”.
“It also harms industries in the United States that utilize talent from around the world. And it harms individuals who 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,” he said.
The ban on work visas remains but it’s will expire at the end of March. Programs like the diversity visa lottery offer 50,000 visas to people from nations with a low rate of immigration to the U.S.
This proclamation only lifts parts of the Trump-era ban.