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New Options for Dreamers to Obtain Green Card in the United States

Updated: Jun 20

Dreamers Can Apply for H1-B Work Visas That Open a Path to a Green Card with New Biden Order

In a significant move toward immigration reform, the Biden administration has announced new measures to help beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other Dreamers who are graduates of U.S. universities obtain permanent residency in the United States.

Dreamers with DACA and those who have completed university studies can now apply for an H1-B work visa if they have a job offer from an employer in the U.S. This visa will not only allow them to work legally in the country but also open the possibility for them to later apply for a Green Card through employment.

What benefits would Dreamers have to obtain their green card?

Since the implementation of DACA in June 2012, thousands of Dreamers have continued their studies and have succeeded in establishing successful careers and forming their own families. With the recent announcement, those who have obtained a degree from an accredited U.S. university and have received a job offer in a field related to their degree will be able to obtain work visas more quickly.

Although the specific details of the process have not yet been revealed, the Biden administration has emphasized its commitment to leveraging the training that Dreamers have received in the U.S. and offering them a significant benefit through the H1-B visa. This visa allows beneficiaries to work legally in the U.S. and, eventually, apply for a Green Card after at least five years, provided they have a labor sponsor.

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The annual limit on employment visas can pose an obstacle to this process.

Currently, there are over 500,000 DACA beneficiaries, of which 49% have a higher education level. However, it is unclear how many 'Dreamers' will benefit from the new measure. Additionally, each year Congress assigns a limited number of H1-B visas, currently set at 65,000, which limits their availability.

The Biden administration acknowledges that there are significant delays in the immigrant visa system, including H1-B visas. A spokesperson commented, "Unfortunately, only Congress can help us address that challenge, as there are limits on the number of visas that can be issued in a given fiscal year. And it has been several decades since those figures were updated."

Biden's new order represents a significant step towards regularizing the immigration status of 'Dreamers,' providing them with opportunities to work legally and eventually obtain permanent residency in the United States. For those in this situation, it is crucial to consult with experienced immigration attorneys to ensure all requirements are met and to make the most of these new opportunities.

If you need legal advice about your immigration case, do not hesitate to contact us at Legal en USA at 305-446-8686. We are here to help you navigate this complex process and secure your future in the United States.

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