Immigration Update

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


National Worker Shortages Hurting Minnesota Businesses - Employers of Healthcare Professionals, IT Talent and Leisure and Hospitality Workers are Especially Hard Hit in 2021 and 2022

The shortage of workers across many occupations is hurting Minnesota businesses and the state's economy. Currently there are many more jobs available than qualified workers despite significant signing bonuses and increasing salaries offered by employers. For example, the shortages impact hospitals and clinics in a broad range of occupations from specialist physicians to nurses and nursing assistants. All industries employing software engineers and other IT professionals are struggling to find and hire qualified workers.

Read from Minnesota Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Critical Condition: the Health Care Workforce in Minnesota
Time is Running Out
to Prepare Registrations
for New H-1B Work Visas for 2022

• The H-1B work visa is the most commonly used work visa for newly hired professionals (Bachelor's degree and above).

• Only 85,000 new cap-subject H-1B work visas are available for all of 2022.

In general, H-1B eligibility requirements include a Bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent education and/or experience), and a qualifying U.S. job offer from a sponsoring employer. Interested employers should start now preparing new H-1B 2022 Lottery Registration Applications for foreign workers, including computer/IT professionals, engineers, doctors, scientists, researchers, professors, teachers, accountants, architects, managers and many other professionals. It takes time to build a well-documented H-1B case for filing. We recommend starting preparation of the Lottery Registration Application well in advance to meet the registration deadline and to avoid disappointment.

After the 2022 H-1B quota is reached, there will be no new cap-subject H-1B work sponsorships available until October 1, 2023. If you have questions about the H-1B visa category or wish to obtain assistance with applying for any new H-1B work visas, please call us no later than Monday, February 28, 2022 at 612.321.0082.

Read from Borene Law Firm, FAQ's about H-1 Work Visas

White House Approves Expanded 2022 Work Permission Options for International Students in U.S., especially in STEM Fields including Scientists and Engineers

On January 21, 2022 the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced multiple executive and administrative changes to enable international students in the U.S. with U.S. degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to obtain work permission to work for U.S. employers after graduation.

Scott Borene named 2022
Lawyer of the Year
in Immigration Law, Minneapolis by

Tip of the Month

USCIS Issues New Updated Policy for Expedited Adjudication of Petitions and Applications including Work Visa Petition (Form I-129) and Employment Authorization Application (I-765)

On January 25, 2022, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new policy guidance describing when Expedited Processing may be sought for key applications and visa petitions including I-129 H-1 Temporary Work Visa and I-765 Application for Temporary Work Authorization for OPT, STEM OPT, pending green card cases and more. Criteria include "severe financial loss", "humanitarian reasons", "certain emergencies" and "U.S. government interests."


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
Biden Administration and Senate Democrats Plan New Push for Immigration Reform Legislation in Congress in 2022

Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) and White House immigration legislation "czar", Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, seek more legislative and regulatory immigration law and policy changes to U.S. immigration system in 2022. Changes sought include reduced delays to address long backlogs in processing applications for temporary work visas and green cards, as well as relief for millions of undocumented migrants.


Borene Law Firm In the News

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.
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"

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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 Immigration Update is a publication of:
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U.S. & Global Immigration
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United States of America
Phone: 612.321.0082
The information in this Immigration Update should not be considered specific legal advice; it is intended for informational purposes only. Anyone seeking specific legal advice should contact an appropriately experienced lawyer for a confidential, personalized consultation.