Immigration policy in the United States in 2021

Francisco Wykrota | Wykrota Law Firm

The new U.S. president's proposals include a reform in the temporary visa system

With Joe Biden's recent inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, the new government’s proposal is to reform the temporary visa system. "The new president believes that temporary, highly qualified work visas should not hinder the recruitment of workers who are already in the United States, especially when there is demand," explains Francisco Wykrota, attorney specialized in work visas and based in Miami. "For Biden, an immigration system that excludes highly qualified workers due to wage issues is an obstacle to American innovation and competitiveness," he explains.

Based on this thought, it is the intention of the new government to further increase the number of visas offered for permanent immigration based on work. “Today, the number of such visas, based on employment, is 140,000 per year, which no longer meets the demands of the job market or even domestic demands. Within the same measure, the new administration will also seek to retain recent graduates in doctoral programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas ”, says Wykrota. Biden believes that these graduates should receive a Green Card along with the diploma, preventing these talents from leaving the United States.

According to the attorney, another measure that can bring benefits to those who intend to work in the United States is the creation of a new category of visas to allow cities and counties to petition for higher levels of immigrants, in order to support their growth. “Today, many cities and rural communities suffer from a reduced population and seek to attract not only the workforce, but also entrepreneurs, in order to leverage economic opportunities and local businesses.”

Immigrants are extremely important to the United States and play an enormous economic, cultural and social role in communities, they become engines of entrepreneurship and population growth. They bring new life to local economies, opening businesses, paying taxes and spending dollars in those locations. The United States needs to retain these talents in its country to ensure its own economic health.

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