The new President of the United States, Joe Biden, has had a busy start in the White House. During his first three days in office, he already signed more than 30 executive orders.
Joe Biden is not only reversing many of the measures taken by his predecessor Donald Trump but is also directly addressing what he sees as America's six biggest crises to overcome. In his first speech as the 46th President of the United States, he named these as follows: the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, growing inequality, racism, America's role in the world, and protecting truth and democracy.
With so many changes happening in such a short period, it's not easy to keep track of everything. Therefore, we have summarized the most important decisions regarding travel and immigration to the United States as well as the other key topics mentioned above.
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Due to the ongoing threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, severe restrictions on entering the USA have been in effect since March 2020. They will remain in place under Joe Biden's administration and have been reinforced by the decision announced on January 25th, 2021. The following applies until further notice:
Please note: In addition to the current regulations, all travelers who are not affected by the travel ban will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test (not older than 72 hours) or a document certifying they have overcome their illness (not older than 90 days) when entering the United States as of January 26th, 2021!
The travel regulations are expected to be reviewed by the US authorities every 30 days and adjusted if necessary. Detailed information on entering the USA, ESTA, and the required COVID-19 test can be found here.
Joe Biden's administration aims to implement a more progressive immigration legislation again. The new President emphasizes America's historical legacy as a country of immigration and views diversity as an opportunity for growth. During his first days in office, he has therefore signed a series of executive orders designed to roll back the countervailing developments of recent years. The measures include:
In addition to the recently signed executive orders, Joe Biden plans to send a broad immigration reform bill to Congress.
The chances of winning the Green Card Lottery would improve considerably overnight, as the bill proposes to significantly increase the number of Green Cards issued through the Diversity Visa Program - from 55,000 to 80,000 Green Cards per year! Since the lottery was introduced in 1994, there have been many discussions about abolishing it or reducing the amount of Green Cards, but never has an increase in the contingent been considered! For all those who dream of a life in America, this is fantastic news!
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Other measures planned as part of a new immigration law include:
Back to the measures that have already been put in place: the new President also wasted no time in other areas beyond immigration and travel. Most notably, Joe Biden signed a whole series of orders and actions to combat the coronavirus pandemic and its immediate economic consequences. Moreover, long-term goals such as combating climate change and achieving economic growth have been addressed. The most important measures of the new administration are:
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