Immigration Update

Immigration News and Analysis
for Clients and Friends of Borene Law Firm

Biden Administration Will Ease Travel Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Visitors to the U.S. Beginning November 2021

On September 20, 2021 the White House announced that multiple COVID-19 travel bans currently in place will be rescinded and replaced with rules permitting "fully vaccinated" people to fly to the U.S. from Europe, China, Canada, Mexico and other countries.

Senate Parliamentarian Ruling Blocks Inclusion of Major Immigration Law Reform as Part of the $3.5 trillion Democratic Budget Bill - Likely Ending Chances of Major Immigration Changes from Congress in 2021

On Sunday, September 19, 2021 the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that immigration law changes proposed by the Democrats could not be included in the $3.5 trillion Budget Reconciliation process pending in Congress. Because of the gridlock in the House and Senate, failure to include the immigration law changes in this bill likely ends chances for major immigration legislation in 2021. The proposed immigration law changes would have helped create a pathway to citizenship for 6 million people, including "dreamers" - undocumented migrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.


Faced With Enormous Backlogs of Visa Applicants at U.S. Consulates due to the COVID Pandemic, the State Department Announces New "Tiered Approach" for Immigrant Visa Interviews

On September, 13, 2021 the U.S. Department of State announced its use of a four-tiered system of priority categories for immigrant visa appointments at U.S. consulates worldwide. The highest priority immigrant visas are assigned to Tier One, including inter-country adoption cases, age-out cases, certain special immigrant visas for Afghan, Syrian and Iranian nationals working with the U.S. government and emergency cases. Tier Two is assigned to Immediate Relative petitions by U.S. citizens, fiancé visas and Returning Resident visas. Tier Three includes family preference immigrant visas and special immigrant visas for certain employees of the U.S. government abroad. Tier Four includes all other immigrant visas such as employment-based and diversity visas.

Read from The U.S. Department of State, Immigrant Visa Prioritization
Scott Borene named 2022
Lawyer of the Year
in Immigration Law, Minneapolis by

Tip of the Month

As of October 13, 2021 USCIS will only accept the new 3/29/21 Edition of Form I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

Form I-485 is used by all persons who are applying for Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident status inside the U.S. (i.e. "green card" status).


For the latest Official Processing Times from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for Visa Petitions and Immigration Applications

For the latest information from the U.S. Department of State on Immigrant Visa “Green Card” Quota Backlog (Priority) Dates
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Expels Thousands of Migrants from Del Rio, Texas Border Crossing

Beginning September 19, 2021 the Department of Homeland Security began transporting thousands of migrants gathered at the U.S. border with Mexico, near Del Rio, Texas, out of the United States. Many of the migrants were originally from Haiti.


Borene Law Firm In the News
George Maxwell and Scott Borene were expert speakers at the 2021 Minnesota State Bar Association's International Business Law Institute Program "Doing Business Across Borders", leading the panel on "U.S. and Global Work Visa Options"
Borene Law Firm rated "AV Preeminent" in 2022 - "the highest possible Peer Review Rating in legal ability and ethical standards" for the 28th consecutive year from "the gold standard in attorney ratings" - The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, All Editions, 1994 - present.

Jeanne Kildow was an expert speaker on "Employment-Based Immigration Preference Categories"
at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Annual Conference

George Maxwell was an expert speaker on the topic of "Overcoming COVID-19 Challenges: Creative Solutions for Nonimmigrant Visa Processing and Global Travel" in a program sponsored by the

Scott Borene recognized by other lawyers as 2022 Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Minneapolis as noted by

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