President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to initiate a number of immigration-related actions in the first 100 days of his administration. Some of his proposals could take effect immediately, while others may require new regulations or Congressional action.

Here are the highlights of Biden Administration’s immigration policy regarding employment, and family related immigration –

  • Reforming the temporary visa system – working with Congress to first reform temporary visas to establish a wage-based allocation process and establish enforcement mechanisms to ensure they are aligned with the labor market and not used to undermine wages. Then, Biden will support expanding the number of high-skilled visas.
  • Eliminating the limits on employment-based visas by country, which create unacceptably long backlogs.
  • Increasing the number of visas offered for permanent, work-based immigration based on macroeconomic conditions. Currently, the number of employment-based visas is capped at 140,000 each year, without the ability to be responsive to the state of the labor market or demands from domestic employers. As a president, Biden will work with Congress to increase the number of visas awarded for permanent, employment-based immigration—and promote mechanisms to temporarily reduce the number of visas during times of high U.S.unemployment.
  • Exempting recent graduates of PhD programs in STEM fields in the U.S. from any cap who are poised to make some of the most important contributions to the world economy. Mr. Biden believes that “foreign graduates of a U.S. doctoral program should be given a green card with their degree and that losing these highly trained workers to foreign economies is a disservice to our own economic competitiveness. “
  • Rejecting the false choice between employment-based and family-based immigration –Supporting family based immigration – by allowing any approved applicant to receive a temporary non-immigrant visa until the permanent visa is processed; and by supporting legislation that treats the spouse and children of green card holders as the immediate relatives they are, exempting them from caps, and allowing parents to bring their minor children with them at the time they immigrate.
  • Creating a new visa category to allow cities and counties to petition for higher levels of immigrants to support their growth. 
  • Reversing Trump’s public charge rule
  • Enforcing the rules to protect American and foreign workers alike.
  • Rescinding the travel and refugee bans, also referred to as “Muslim bans.