With the recent election certified and the new administration preparing to take office in January, many immigrants are wondering about possible changes that will take place when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Joe Biden’s immigration plan will likely consist of three basic adjustments to the current policies put in place by the outgoing Trump administration.
Reforming Visa Processes
Over the past four years, President Trump and federal immigration authorities have made it much more difficult for companies to obtain visas for necessary workers. Joe Biden’s immigration plan is expected to roll back many of the obstacles to H-1B visa approvals and to expand the types of jobs considered specialty occupations. Many U.S. companies will welcome these changes and the larger pool of qualified employees available for their operations. By attracting the best and brightest applicants, companies can increase their ability to innovate and to compete more effectively on a global level.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, along with some other important protections for immigrants, have been threatened by President Trump and his immigration agencies. Joe Biden’s immigration plan will almost certainly include the reinstatement and reinforcement of DACA to ensure that recipients of this program can continue to work, study and live in the United States. President-elect Biden will also work toward a pathway to citizenship for these young immigrants who came to the United States early in their lives.
Putting an End to the Public Charge Rule
The Public Charge Rule has created uncertainty and worry for many immigrants. In short, this rule states that immigrants cannot qualify for visas and green cards if they receive any assistance from federal agencies. The programs that are covered by the Public Charge Rule include Medicaid, federal housing assistance programs and food stamps. For many immigrants, seeking the assistance of a New York immigration attorney is a practical step toward protecting their rights to live and work in the United States legally.
At Oltarsh & Associates, we offer practical legal help for immigrants in our area. If you need the assistance of a qualified and caring New York immigration attorney, our team will work with you and your family to provide the right representation for your needs. Give our offices a call today at 212-944-9420 to schedule a free case evaluation with our attorneys. We are here to serve you now and in the future.