On December 30, 2020, President Trump extended a ban on immigrants coming to the United States on work-based visas and green cards for extended family members. This ban only affects people that are outside the United States. Furthermore, the ban will not affect spouses and children under 21 of United States citizens. Only green card applicants outside of the
United States, with a priority date after April 2020 or work-based visa applicants with a priority date after June 2020 will be affected. The ban was initially issued in April and then extended in June. President Trump’s cites corona virus related unemployment as the reason to stop the flow of legal immigration. He also stated that he is attempting to save jobs for American
This ban comes just three (3) weeks before President-Elect Joe Biden is set to take office. The Biden administration has vowed to undo every detrimental immigration policy the Trump administration put into place over the last four (4) years. However, how quickly the administration will undo Trump’s immigration policies is unclear. The Biden administration has emphasized getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Therefore, if it is unsafe to end this ban it is unlikely that family members waiting for green cards and others waiting for their work-based visas to be approved will be admitted to the U.S. any time soon.