What is the Latest Initiative to Ensure That Immigrant Families Stay Together?

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The Biden-Harris Administration has recently announced a new executive action on immigration that will essentially bar migrants who cross over the southern border unlawfully from receiving asylum in the United States. This reflects the need to secure our country’s southern border. However, the Administration also recognizes how important it is to keep mixed-status families together. As such, this plan will not only secure the border but also protect the long-term undocumented. Please continue reading to learn more about the newest reform plan to keep immigrant families together and how a knowledgeable New Jersey Immigration Lawyer can help you understand what this could mean for your family. 

What is the Most Recent Action Taken By the Biden-Harris Administration to Keep Immigrant Families Together?

On June 8, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a new initiative to protect mixed-status families better. The latest action holds that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ensures that U.S. citizens with noncitizen spouses and children can keep their families together. Essentially, it will aid certain noncitizen spouses and children in applying for lawful permanent residence, a status they are already eligible for, but without leaving the country. As of June 17, 2021, noncitizens are eligible if they have resided in the U.S. for ten or more years and are legally married to a U.S. citizen while satisfying all applicable legal requirements. This action is designed to promote family unity.

How Does This Action Help College Graduates?

The Biden-Harris Administration hopes that seeking families together will allow more young individuals to contribute to our economy. As such, the second part of this new initiative is to ease the visa process for U.S. college graduates, including “Dreamers.” This action will allow individuals, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and other Dreamers, who have earned a degree at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education in the U.S., and who have received an offer of employment from a U.S. employer in a field-related to their degree to receive a work visa at an expedited pace. This will facilitate the employment visa process for those who have graduated from college, have a high-skilled job offer, and meet the applicable eligibility requirements.

It’s essential to keep updated with immigration news as it can impact your status in the country. If you are considering applying for lawful permanent residence or work authorization, please don’t hesitate to contact a trusted New Jersey immigration lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC, who can help guide you through every step. Our legal team is prepared to help you understand your rights.

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