Has U.S. Immigration Gotten Easier?
When now-President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, immigrants and immigration activists breathed a sigh of relief in the hope of immigration efforts becoming easier in the U.S.
But has it become easier to immigrate to the U.S.?
How Easy Is It To Immigrate To The U.S.?
Immigration laws exist in a complex form in the United States. Part of the challenge is with each new administration, the rules change.
Former President Donald Trump’s administration, long processing times of visas, increased fees, and intensified the vetting process, to name a few. The naturalization process also extended to nearly two years during Trump’s tenure.
Since President Biden took office in January 2021, his administration has worked to reverse Trump-era restrictions, such as early coronavirus pandemic restrictions that drastically reduced the number of visas issued to immigrants.
Biden’s administration released plans to boost refugee admissions, preserve deportation relief and stop enforcing the “public charge” rule that denies green cards to immigrants who might use public benefits like Medicaid.
Biden’s hallmark Build Back Better plan also has several immigration provisions that the Senate considers, but there is no guarantee of passage.
Overall, the Biden administration is more immigration friendly than its predecessor and has made good strides. Still, Biden’s promise to create a safe asylum process at the border remains unfulfilled, immigration detention has expanded, separated families have not been reunited, and bureaucratic delays continue to slow the approval of visas and work permits for immigrants.
What Should I Do If I’m Looking To Gain Immigration Status In The U.S.?
If you’re looking to immigrate to the U.S., change your immigration status, or you’re about to face an ICE hearing, contact Fay, Grafton & Nunez right away. Immigration law is complex in this country, and having an experienced immigration attorney can be the deciding factor in your case.
We offer immigration consultations for $200 to help you review your case and set a plan of action to help you achieve your desired status.
The rules and laws are constantly changing, and we pride ourselves in guiding our clients through in a way that’s accessible to them and their family’s goals. One small detail or nuance can help decide your case — regardless of current immigration policies — so come prepared for your consultation with all relevant paperwork or evidence you feel could help you.