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Securing temporary employment-based visas usually requires leaving the United States for a consular interview. When some individuals depart the U.S., they may trigger certain inadmissibility bars that prevent them from re-entering. To address these inadmissibilities and re-enter the U.S., a person must obtain a so-called D-3 waiver. On June 18, 2024, the Biden administration announced plans to streamline access to D-3 waivers for Dreamers and DACA recipients seeking employment-based visas, making the process more accessible.

June 18, 2024 Executive Actions

  • The White HouseFACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Keep Families Together. This fact sheet outlines new administrative actions related to undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens and facilitating streamlined access to work visas for college graduates, including DACA recipients and Dreamers.
  • U.S. Department of State Easing the Nonimmigrant Visa Process for U.S. College Graduates. This FAQ fact sheet from the U.S. Department of State outlines the Biden-Harris Administration’s new measures to ease the employment-based visa process for U.S. college graduates. It includes clarifications for consular officers on recommending waivers of visa ineligibility and highlights steps for applying for H-1B and other work visas.

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Messaging Guidance, Press Releases, and Media Coverage

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration is an alliance of American college and university leaders dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses, and communities. To speak to one of our experts or to be added to our media list for updates, please contact our senior manager of communications, Jason Koh, at Jason@presidentsalliance.org.

Get Involved & Stay Up to Date!

The D-3 Interest Listserv is for students and alumni in higher education, faculty and staff of colleges and universities, and other interested parties to learn and share information about employment-based visas for Dreamers and D-3 waivers. We invite participants to share information and resources about D-3 waivers, ask questions, and share trends. Please note that we will not provide legal advice or technical assistance for individual cases on this listserv. The list is intended to be a forum for discussion and exchange about D-3 waivers and employment-based visas for Dreamers. Sign Up Here.

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