Biden Unveils Policy Changes Impacting 550,000 Immigrants Including 90,000 DACA Recipients

On June 18, 2024, the Biden administration unveiled two significant policy changes designed to assist DACA recipients and other longtime immigrants and their families. We applaud these actions and are excited for the peace of mind and opportunities these changes will bring to approximately 550,000 eligible undocumented immigrants. These policy changes would not have been possible without the relentless advocacy and dedication of countless individuals and organizations fighting for immigrant rights. We stand together with them in this ongoing fight.

The Two New Proposals Summarized

  1. The administration will soon establish clearer guidelines to streamline the process for obtaining temporary work visas (such as H1-B) for DACA recipients and other non-citizens who qualify for such visas, but often do not pursue this option as it requires leaving the United States and waiting for a waiver decision abroad. The new guidelines will clarify and expedite the D-3 waiver, removing one of the highest barriers for obtaining an employment-based visa. Employment-based visas may provide a more stable immigration status given the uncertainty of the DACA program.
  2. Parole in Place (PIP) will be expanded to include certain spouses and step-children of U.S. citizens who meet specific criteria, providing a pathway to obtaining a green card without leaving the country.

For more detailed information about the policy changes, read this article published by community member, Attorney Prerna Lal

NOTE: These proposals have not been implemented yet. It will take time for the government to finalize eligibility requirements and application guidelines. There is also the looming prospect of litigation. Please be alert about notario fraud and scammers and do not pay anyone to file applications on your behalf based on these proposals at this time. When in doubt, get legal help from experienced and licensed immigration attorneys about your existing options.

How to Prepare for These Changes (if you qualify)

While we celebrate this progress, we must acknowledge that many individuals will inevitably continue to be left behind by these policies. The fight for comprehensive and inclusive immigration reform is far from over. We remain committed to pushing for local and federal policies that are inclusive of all identities and backgrounds and empowering undocumented people to achieve their educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.