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Bans on work visas and green cards have been extended

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2021 | Family Immigration

If you are seeking permanent residency here in California, the past four years have been fraught with many challenges. While the present administration’s term is winding down, the new one is just teeing up.

But before the changing of the guard takes place, the current administration seems intent on maintaining a hard line on legal immigration. To that end, the ban on permanent residency and work visas has been extended until the end of March.

Health insurance requirements for new immigrants affirmed

Complicating matters for the incoming administration, a federal appeals court recently sided with a regulation that requires new immigrants to supply their own health insurance.

There is a possibility that President-elect Joe Biden could issue executive orders that counteract that ruling, but his administration’s position on this issue is not entirely clear. In addition, all changes in regulations will take time.

Bans on visas and permanent residency cards have been greatly expanded

The immigration policies in the United States have become increasingly restrictive over the last few years. First, the relatives of those who had already immigrated were temporarily banned from obtaining “green cards,” or permanent residency.

Since then, the following have also been restricted:

  • H-2B visas for seasonal workers in nonagricultural fields
  • H-1B visas that tech workers from India and their families counted on
  • L-1 visas for key workers and managers of multinational corporations
  • J-1 visas for cultural exchanges

Business groups opposed these bans, citing fears they would slow economic recovery in the States.

What you can do to make immigration easier

These are uncharted times, both for citizens and those seeking asylum and legal residency here in California. With so many changes on the wind, it is always prudent to work closely with your immigration attorney to resolve your status here in the United States.