Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Under P.P. 10014 Revoked
The Biden Administration has revoked Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) 10014, which suspended the entry of immigrants from outside of the United States and virtually halted the issuance of Immigrant Visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world. In a long-awaited announcement, this controversial policy was lifted due to its wide-reaching impact on both family and employment based immigration. While the Biden Administration has previously stated that it had no plans to reverse this Proclamation, primarily due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 cases from abroad, this decision was likely reached due to the impending forfeiture of thousands of FY 2020 Diversity Visa already assigned to prospective immigrants, but not issued or usable due to the provisions of P.P. 10014.
In response, the Department of State promptly issued guidance regarding this rescission yesterday evening, stating that previously refused immigrant visa applicants under the terms of this Proclamation should expect additional information from their U.S. Embassy or Consulate shortly. Further, DV 2020 Visa holders are informed that they may seek entry to the U.S. with a still-valid visa, despite annotations stating the their entry and admission is subject to P.P. 10014. The State Department notice closes by stating that routine visa services are still being resumed on a post-by-post basis, which may result in certain applicants having long delays in response times and appointment availability, regardless of the revocation of this Proclamation. Overall, this is a positive development for the thousands of prospective immigrants stuck outside of the U.S., many of whom have postponed their plans to immigrate for almost an entire year due to the ongoing pandemic. More updates are expected from both the Biden Administration and the Department of State in the coming months, with P.P 10052 and the ongoing suspensions of entry of certain non-immigrants to come under additional scrutiny.