The Biden administration is preparing to notify Congress and others it will dramatically increase US admissions of refugees.
Those familiar with the matter say Biden plans to announce this week he will increase the cap on the number of refugees allowed into the United States to more than eight times the level the Trump administration left it.
Former President Donald Trump had drastically reduced the refugee cap to only 15,000 before leaving office.
Biden's plan would raise it to 125,000, an increase of 15,000 over the high ceiling set by former president Barack Obama before he left office.
Officials and others speaking on condition of anonymity say Biden will make his plan public during a visit to the State Department on Thursday.
He may also address asylum claims for residents of Hong Kong.
Biden indicated during his campaign he was interested in providing protection to people persecuted by the Chinese government.
The sources said he would not necessarily override the record low cap of 15,000 Trump set for the current budget year.
Instead, the 125,000 figure would be proposed for the budget year beginning October 1. The president is required by law to first consult Congress on his plans before making a determination.
Advocates had said the backlog of tens of thousands of cases by the Trump administration had made it unlikely Biden's target of resettling 125,000 refugees could be reached this year.
It will take time to rebuild the pipeline.
More than one-third of US resettlement offices were forced to close over the past four years with the drop in refugee arrivals and hundreds of workers were let go.
But some say Biden should not wait to raise the annual target for admissions.
"We hope President Biden will substantially raise the refugee admissions goal immediately, as he consistently committed to on the campaign trail," said Sunil Varghese of the New York-based International Refugee Assistance Project.
"The president has the authority to raise refugee admissions mid-year to address the many humanitarian crises in the world, including those that have emerged or escalated recently, such as the situation facing pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong."