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How Has President Biden Changed Immigration During His First Week?

By: David W. Leopold and Anastasia Tonello

About: Immigration

January 28, 2021 – On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued several orders on immigration. Some orders take immediate effect while others may take more time to be implemented. Among the changes are:

President Biden also added South Africa to the COVID-19 related travel ban countries and reinstated the travel bans for those who have been physically present in Brazil, the U.K., Ireland, and the Schengen Area in the immediately preceding 14-day period.

Further, the president has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would make more people eligible for legal status. However, at this time, Congress has not passed any immigration bill into law. This means that no new options to apply for legal status have been created and no broad legalization program has been adopted.

Ulmer’s Immigration Law Group is closely monitoring these developments and is prepared to support you and your organization with your business needs. Please reach out to our immigration attorneys if you have any questions.

The information provided in this client alert speaks only to the information and guidance we have available as of the date of publication and is subject to change. We will continue to follow further issued guidance and regulations and endeavor to post those updates via our website. This legal update was created by Ulmer & Berne LLP, and is not intended as a substitute for professional legal advice. Receipt of this client alert, by itself, does not create an attorney client relationship. For any questions, or for further information, please contact David W. Leopold at or Anastasia Tonello at