The election of Joe Biden has given hope and promise to millions of immigrants in the United States after four years of uncertainty and vitriol emanating from the White House. Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris plan to unveil major reforms in employment-based immigration policies that seek to remove the limits for employment-based visas and exempt recently implemented caps on doctoral graduates in STEM fields from universities in the United States.

The Biden employment-based immigration reform proposals aim to reverse the harmful immigration policies of the current administration that saw visa denial rates increase without merit-based immigration opportunities. The changes ahead are designed to put millions of U.S. immigrants at ease and provide a welcoming path to living out the American dream.

Attorney Eric Price has spent years fighting for immigrants’ rights that wish to stay, live, and prosper in the United States. If you have a specific immigration case and want to schedule a free case evaluation with an immigration law specialist, call 855-662-2772 for more information or email at for a prompt response to your inquiry.

What Is the H-1B Visa?

The H-1B visa allows foreign workers to work for American companies in the United States. To qualify, they must work a job that requires knowledge and expertise that the employer cannot find from a U.S.-based employee. The company sponsors the H-1B visa applicant, pays associated visa fees, and files the application on behalf of the worker.

An H-1B work visa is valid for three years and can be extended for up to six years. Depending on the nature of the work, exceptions allow some foreign workers to extend visas even further.

Current Employment-Based Immigration Problems

In June 2020, the current administration suspended the H-1B visa program through the end of the year, claiming those workers were competing against Americans during these trying economic times. In October, just before the November presidential election, the White House further restricted H-1B visas by including salary requirements for overseas workers and limits on specialty occupations.

The result of the administration’s harsh employment-based immigration policies has been a drastic increase in H-1B petition denials, up to 30% from 6% before Trump took office. The restrictions supposedly meant to boost American workers have serviced only to deny the U.S. the valuable resources of foreign specialists in a variety of fields and further harm an ailing economy.

What is Joe Biden’s Plan?

The incoming president is hopeful to change H1B visa rules, and other executive actions, overturning the stringent requirement increases on his first day in the Oval Office. Lifting the H1B restrictions will help boost the economy by allowing talented workers from other countries to work for companies in the United States.

What Effect Will Biden’s Plan Have?

The U.S. economy is suffering greatly in the global coronavirus pandemic, and incoming President Biden will use changes to employment-based immigration policies to have existing workers from other countries breathe easier and allow American companies to hire the best employees from around the world.

What’s Are The Next Steps?

The immigration policies of the United States are in flux and will see significant changes in the months to come as the Biden administration is sworn in and gets settled. Things are sure to move quickly after January 20, so it is imperative that those who have already filed immigration papers or have other status issues to be patient and keep updated on the changes ahead.

Contact Attorney Eric Price Today!

The United States policies and approach to immigration are about to get a massive makeover. In a process that is already complex and ever-changing, it is more important than ever to have a qualified, experienced immigration lawyer on your side. Eric Price is a skilled trial attorney with years of experience representing DACA recipients and other immigrants who wish to remain in the United States. To learn about how current and anticipated immigration laws affect your situation, call 855-662-2772 or email today for a free evaluation of your case.

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