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2021 Visas and Immigration Under the Biden Administration

March 31, 2021
  By Sama Movassaghi

Navigating the complex world of immigration law can be a challenging endeavor. The United States provides visas based on a variety of categories. Essentially, immigration law encompasses rules and regulations that enforce who is allowed to come into the country and for how long. With dramatic changes to immigration policy in recent years, it is important to stay informed and inquisitive.

Since the inauguration, the Biden administration has been working diligently to produce immigration reform bills and big policy changes. This new direction is a relief for all Americans as we work to provide earned paths to citizenship. The goal is to design an immigration system centered around progressive policy, not enforcement.

We understand how scary policy changes can be for you or your loved ones. Do not let it stop you from immigrating or seeking representation for your case. Working with an experienced Florida immigration lawyer can help you understand the process and any requirements in your particular case. Reach out to our experienced attorneys at Florida Immigration Law Counsel to start building your path to citizenship. 

Visa Application process

Visa and Immigration Laws

There has been substantial visa and immigration law reform under the new Biden administration. Several policies and executive orders passed down from the prior administration will be discontinued and some revoked. We know how important it is to stay up to date on the latest news regarding immigration laws and how these changes can impact your situation. 

With over 10% of the U.S. population being immigrants, these new policies can affect millions of families. The most common categories of visas are family, employment, humanitarian, lottery, and resident. Within these, your reason for traveling will narrow down the specific type of visa you need to request. Some popular requests include a visa for permanent residency, tourism or business visitor visa, fiancé(e) visa, and student visa. 

Children seeking education abroad would apply for a student visa and immediate relatives at least 21 years old can sponsor foreign citizens for their family visa. Depending on your reason for traveling to the U.S., there are distinct designations for different reasons. At Florida Immigration Law Counsel, we speak English and Spanish, so your issues will be understood and well represented. 

The United States has a few different immigration status designations. The length and reason for your stay in this country determine your immigration status. However, there are always exceptions to the rules, like people attending school or working in the U.S. temporarily. Also, persons seeking asylum from racial, religious, or social discrimination are eligible to become lawful permanent residents after a year. Let’s review some key immigration terms to be familiar with. 

Immigrant

Foreign nationals seeking to live permanently in the United States will be issued an immigrant visa. The American government issues immigrant visas to foreign-born individuals who wish to make this country their home. This group of individuals is sometimes referred to as permanent residents and/or green card holders. Immigrant status grants you the ability to work and live in the U.S. with most of the privileges and rights as American citizens themselves. Most immigrant visas are sponsored by family or employers. Depending on your circumstances, the process can be long and strenuous. Florida Immigration Law Counsel is here for you to provide your family with experienced and unparalleled legal support to help you build a future in America.

Nonimmigrant

Entering the United States temporarily means you need a nonimmigrant visa. This status is reserved for those entering the country for vacation, studies, medical, or temporary work purposes. In some cases, members of the media, religious workers, and other “special immigrants” may qualify for other types of green cards. Most nonimmigrant visas are granted to those who can show the intent of returning to their home country. Coming into the U.S. with this visa designation restrains one from the activity or reason for which they were permitted entry. It is best to be able to demonstrate family and/or business ties to your home country to establish intent of returning and facilitating the visa process in this case.

Refugees

In 1951 the Geneva Convention defined the term ‘refugee’ according to international law and outlined a refugee’s rights. The most important aspect of this accord was the establishment of a provision stating that refugees should not be returned to a country where they fear persecution. The definition of a refugee was also something key that came out of the convention. Refugees are people outside their country of nationality with a legitimate fear of persecution and unable to return due to said fear. Host nations party to the convention are responsible for aiding and protecting refugees. However, there are agencies within these countries that assist those seeking asylum.

Immigration Under Biden Administration

President Biden and his administration have been working diligently to rein in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in their first 100 days. Immigrants taken into custody and deportations have decreased by over 60% this February compared with the last three months of the past administration. This latest immigration overhaul introduced on Capitol Hill looks to modernize the nation’s system, offering a path to millions of undocumented Americans seeking citizenship. 

The U.S. Citizenship Act is a bill meant to establish a system better equipped to manage immigration reform and provide increased opportunities for citizenship. Mainly, the legislation centers around an eight-year road for most undocumented Americans living in the U.S. as of January 1st. By passing background checks and paying taxes, you will be allowed to work and live in the country for five years. At this point, one applies for a green card and a chance to attain citizenship in three years.

Compared to past administrations, this overhaul focuses on reform rather than enforcement. For instance, the legislation proposes adding resources to facilitate processing migrants legally and investing in distressed communities with the hope that this prevents people from fleeing due to economic and security issues. This would remove restrictions on family immigration and make it easier for families to come together in the country. Also, the bill opens worker visas to encourage foreign nationals to come work in the U.S.

Florida Visas and Immigration

Immigration law is complex, no matter where you are located. Completing a green card application, mounting your defense, and navigating the visa process itself is challenging. Our immigration attorneys are experienced in a variety of practice areas. Check out Florida Immigration Law Counsel for compassionate, personalized attention to all your immigration needs. Request a consultation today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

Application

Near one million people receive their green cards every year, making them permanent residents in the United States. In most cases, an employer or family member sponsors you and files a petition on your behalf in America. Providing family or business ties to your home country can help strengthen your case.

Review and Interview

Once the petition is approved and there is a visa available, you apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate. Upon review, you will be required to get a medical evaluation, schedule an interview, and await the decision on your application.

Miami Immigration Lawyers

America has seen major shifts in immigration policies over the last few years. There is substantial immigration reform in the balance under the new Biden administration. We understand how stressful policy changes can be for you and your loved ones. Our experts can assist and represent you in your immigration needs. 

Immigrating to the US?

The U.S. provides visa opportunities serving many differing purposes. Essentially, the immigration laws in this country are centered around the reason and duration of travel. With increasing changes to policies in recent years, it is essential to find experienced representation for your visa and green card applications.

Florida Immigration Law Counsel’s team of attorneys is here to help guide you through the process. Call Today and schedule a consultation with one of our bilingual legal experts to get started on your immigration process.


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