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Why You Should Not Wait to Start Your US Immigration Process

Jasmine R

Why You Should Not Wait to Start Your US Immigration Process

Immigration Law
| 5 min

The Coronavirus pandemic has had an unparalleled impact on Americans. From the health sector to the labor market, the pandemic has turned American lives upside down. Considering the United States presidential election is also due to take place in November 2020, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding immigration processes.

Many immigration applicants who want to move to the U.S. are waiting for the 2020 presidential election results to decide whether to immigrate. Compared to recent presidential elections, there is increased tension and uncertainty about the 2020 election. Additionally, the Coronavirus pandemic has made immigration decisions more challenging to make. 

With no end in sight for Coronavirus, immigration applicants are betting on the presidential election results to decide if immigrating to the U.S. is right for them. While waiting for the election results may seem like a wise decision, there are several factors as to why you should start the immigration process right now despite everything that is happening.

Immigration and the Coronavirus

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the United States has imposed travel and ports of entry restrictions. The immigration changes, including presidential proclamations suspending some U.S. Visas, and restricting the processing of related immigration benefits, have made the immigration process harder for those who want to move to America. Essentially, the pandemic has disrupted U.S. immigration services.

Since March 2020, the immigration changes have had an unprecedented impact on nonimmigrant visa holders and immigrants, including immigration applicants. Even for legal immigrants, entry into the United States has become challenging in these pandemic times. The immigration situation will become more challenging if the pandemic becomes worse.

Despite the slowdown in the spread of Coronavirus and the phased reopening of the economy, researchers have warned of the possibility of future coronavirus waves. Therefore, it is essential to start your immigration process right now in case shut down measures are re-imposed.

Starting the process will also allow you enough time to gather everything you need to have a successful immigration application. Essentially, suppose the Coronavirus pandemic was to get worse. In that case, you will have given the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) enough time to process your application before another shutdown or additional restrictions.

Immigration and the 2020 Election

The two main candidates for the 2020 U.S. presidential election have different views on immigration. While President Trump wants to make it harder for immigrants to enter America, Joe Biden wants to ease the immigration restrictions put in place by Trump and his administration. To a certain extent, Biden wants to make it easier for immigrants to enter the U.S.

Even though the two candidates' immigration approaches are different, a win for either will still result in more challenges for immigration applicants hence the need to start the immigration process now rather than wait for the election results. Even without Coronavirus-related challenges, a win for Trump is likely to make the immigration process harder.

When campaigning for his first term, President Trump had promised to overhaul the U.S. immigration system and effectively make it harder for immigrants to enter America. Since then, Trump and his administration have signed executive orders and enacted anti-immigration laws to that effect.

With a second term, Trump's hardline stance will only get more challenging, and there is likely to be an enactment of additional anti-immigration laws. Therefore, it is better to start the immigration process now rather than wait for a possible second round of Trump’s anti-immigration administration.

While a Trump win will probably make immigration harder, a Biden win is likely to do the opposite by making it easier for immigrants to enter the United States. However, a possible Biden win should not make you wait for the election results to start the immigration process as it is likely to come with a different set of challenges.

Essentially, a Joe Biden win is likely to result in increased immigration applications. With additional applicants, the immigration process is likely to become more competitive. You might have to wait longer to get a Visa or other immigration benefits in such a scenario. Therefore, it is better to start the process right now rather than waiting for an influx of competing applicants if Biden wins.

Conclusion

Regardless of who will be America's President in 2021, the immigration process is likely to become more challenging. Additionally, there is no end in sight for the current Coronavirus pandemic, and the federal government is likely to extend related immigration policies. Therefore, it is crucial to start your immigration process now rather than wait for next year or some other future date.


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