Joyce Williams, appointed as Special Advisor & Head of Diaspora of AFCFTA Policy Network-Ghana & Diaspora
January 21, 2020

Immigration Law Updates

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* Executive Orders:
1. Executive Order EO Executive Order 14011 14010 of February 2, 2021:
” Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border.”
This Executive Order outlines President Biden’s plan to manage people’s movement throughout North and Central America.
 
To access this Executive Order, please click this link.
 
2. Executive Order EO Executive Order 14011 14011 of February 2, 2021:
Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families.”
This Executive Order establishes a task force to reunite families that remain separated and revoke the Trump administration’s executive order to justify separating children from their parents (EO 13841).
 
To access this Executive Order, please click this link.
 
3. Executive Order EO 14012 of February 2, 2021:
“Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans.”
This order (1) requires agencies to conduct a top-to-bottom review of recent regulations, policies, and guidance that have set up barriers to our legal immigration system; and (2) rescinds President Trump’s Memorandum Requiring family sponsors to repay the government if relatives receive public benefits, instructs the agencies to review the public charge rule and related policies and streamline the naturalization process.
 
You can access the Executive Order through this link.
 
* Proclamations:
1. Proclamation of February 24, 2021:
“A proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014.”
This Proclamation provokes former President Trump’s Proclamation 10014 and the Proclamations that extended it. (Proclamation 10014 had suspended and limited entry into the United States of many classes of immigrants.)
 
To access this Proclamation, please click this link.
 
* Legislation:
On February 18, 2021, Representative Linda Sánchez introduced in the House the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. This bill aims to (1) introduce an earned path to citizenship, (2) address root causes of migration and responsibly manage the southern border, and (3) reform the immigration visa system. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is expected to introduce an identical bill in the Senate. The bill proposes to find a permanent solution for dreamers and contain several provisions regarding international educators, including language that:
 
(1) extends dual intent to international students (Fs) at U.S. higher education institutions;
(2) exempts STEM Ph.D. U.S. graduates from the annual green card and per country caps (effectively offering a direct path to green card status);
(3) enables international students (Fs) to apply for green cards without losing their ability to continue to extend F status;
(4) It allows international students (Fs) and H-1Bs, and a few other nonimmigrant statuses to extend their status in one-year increments. Simultaneously, the Department of Labor or USCIS decides which filings are required for green card status.
 
 

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