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Biden Administration Lifts Trump Immigration Ban Implemented During the Pandemic

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Last month, President Joe Biden lifted an immigration entry ban that was enacted during the Trump Administration, which blocked most legal immigration into the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

Enacted last spring by the former president, the ban prevented new immigrants or green card holders from entering the country and was originally set to expire on March 31, 2021. However, President Biden said in a proclamation that the ban “does not advance the interests of the United States.”

Who Does This Impact?

The original ban suspended the following persons from entering the U.S.:

  • Individuals who were outside of the country on April 23, 2020, the effective date of Trump’s proclamation
  • Individuals who had not yet been issued an immigrant visa or travel document, which allows them entry into the country

An article from AP News states that as many as 126,000 family-based preference visas were lost due to the entry ban. These include certain family members of U.S. citizens and green card holders. Additionally, it also barred entry to immigrants seeking employment-based visas and thousands of visa lottery winners.

Biden’s revocation of this ban is one of the first steps outlined in his campaign agenda that would reverse harsh immigration legislation enforced by the Trump administration.

Do You Need Immigration Help?

If you are unsure how this new executive action impacts you or your family’s ability to immigrate, Maney Gordon Zeller is here to help you determine the smoothest legal route you may take to obtain a green card or citizenship. With eight convenient offices located across the U.S., we are prepared to assist you no matter where you are!

Contact our full-service immigration team at (800) 708-4399 to speak with our legal team for free today. We also provide services in Services Spanish, Portuguese and Thai.


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