The Trump administration has signed a bill to expand the country’s green card program, opening up up up millions of green card holders to more people who previously could not.
Trump signed the executive order on Tuesday, marking his second such executive order in the first seven days of his presidency.
The first, a February order, allowed foreign nationals from countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria to apply for a green card for up to six years.
The new executive order, which the White House said was the first to be signed by a sitting president, will allow those applicants to apply to come to the United States to be eligible for a nonimmigrant green card.
The White House says those eligible for the new visa will include people who are living in the U.K., Canada, Germany, Spain and other European countries, who are not eligible for an existing green card, or those who are already U.N. citizens.
“This program will allow people from around the world to live, work and visit the United State, as long as they have a valid green card,” White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
The Green Card Office, which is separate from the Department of Homeland Security, issued a statement saying that while it was not able to provide details about the new program, the department was “committed to facilitating the full spectrum of green cards available to our citizens.”
Trump signed another executive order Wednesday that expands the green card eligibility for undocumented immigrants living in Texas and Texas citizens who arrived in the country as children.
The two orders are part of a broader administration effort to expand access to green cards, a program that has been a major priority for Trump since taking office.
The administration has said it will grant about 400,000 green cards in 2017, up from about 350,000 in 2017.
In addition, Trump signed a February executive order that expanded the refugee program, including for refugees who arrived before January 6, 2021.
The order allows refugees who entered the U, or their spouses and children, or a U.M. citizen to apply in the United Nations refugee agency to become U.F.O.s.
The Trump government said Wednesday that it will provide $10 million in additional funds to support those refugees.
“These actions will help refugees and those who have been impacted by the recent events in the Middle East and North Africa.
I look forward to working with Congress to continue the important work of helping refugees and their communities in the years ahead,” Trump said in the executive orders.
The U.C.L.A. School of Law, a liberal law school in Los Angeles, said in February that the administration’s move to expand green card availability was “a welcome change.”
“This is the first step in our efforts to ensure that green card applicants and others can benefit from this important program that benefits U.s.”
In addition to Trump, the president signed an executive order last week to allow U.n. citizens living in Israel to work in the administration, though those in Israel will be able to only be employed in jobs that require a U-2 license.
Trump’s executive order also allows U.B.I. agents to question U.f.O.’s if they have reason to suspect they are involved in illegal activity.
The department said the order will not affect U.v.S.-based citizens, but could be useful to them.