President Joe Biden ended the ban that the Trump administration put into place last spring on green card processing from abroad. The ban was set to expire on March 31.
Biden challenged Trump’s claims that the ban was needed to protect U.S. jobs during the pandemic. Trump’s presidential proclamation, issued in April 2020 as COVID-19 was shutting down the U.S. economy, eventually barred the issuance of green cards to about 660,000 people, according to an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute. The vast majority of those were seeking family-based visas. Most employment-based green card cases are processed from within the U.S. and were not included in the ban.
“The visa prohibition prevented some talented employment-based applicants from entering, but most of the people affected were diversity visa lottery winners, as well as family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, who were prevented from joining their families in the United States,” said Marko Maglich, an attorney in the White Plains, N.Y., office of Jackson Lewis.