Immigration Update

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

White House Announces Lifting of Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated International Travelers to the United States Effective November 8, 2021

An October 25, 2021 Presidential Proclamation ends most restrictions on international travel to the U.S.for most "fully vaccinated" visa-qualified non-immigrants who comply with vaccination and COVID-19 testing requirements set by the CDC. Limited exceptions to some of the CDC requirements may be available to certain qualified individuals.

White House Announces Proposed New Administrative Rule to Re-establish Temporary Protection from Deportation and Temporary Employment Authorization for DACA "Dreamers" -
New Rule Could Take Effect in 60 days

On September 27, 2021 the Biden Administration announced plans for a new Department of Homeland Security Proposed Rule that would provide temporary protection from deportation and temporary employment authorization for certain undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children, known as "Dreamers." The new rule-making was in response to a recent District Court decision in Texas that ruled that the 2012 DACA Program established under the Obama Administration violated the Administrative Procedures Act.


House Democrats Add Revised Immigration Provisions to Pending $1.75 Trillion "Build Back Better" Social Spending Package in "Long Shot" Effort to Pass Significant Immigration Reform Before 2022

As of November 3, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives has added multiple proposed immigration law changes to the $1.75 trillion "Build Back Better" Reconciliation Social Spending bill. The added provisions, if adopted in the final text of the pending bill, include the following changes: 1. A proposed 5 year parole provision granting temporary protection from deportation and temporary employment authorization for an estimated 11 million undocumented migrants who have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2011, including the possibility of extension for an additional 5 years lasting until 2031. 2. Recapturing unused immigrant visas (222,000 for family-sponsored green cards, and 157,000 for employment-based green cards) that would have otherwise lapsed unused.

The probability of these proposed immigration provisions being included in the final version of the $1.75 trillion Social Spending bill is especially uncertain because they are at risk of being excluded from the bill by a negative ruling from the Senate Parliamentarian or being stripped from the bill in the Senate.

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The U.S. State Department and CDC Issue New Guidance on COVID- 19 Vaccination and Test Requirements for International Travelers to and from the United States

Effective November 8, 2021, new rules apply to international travelers to and from the U.S.
On November 10, 2021 the CDC updated its vaccination requirements for international travelers.
On October 25, 2021 the U.S. Department of State issued a useful list of FAQs on COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements.


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
In Biggest Change in Worksite Enforcement Policy in 35 years, Biden Administration Ends Massive Workplace Raids and Shifts Enforcement Focus to Exploitative Employers

On October 12, 2021 Alejandro Mayorkas, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, announced a major change in U.S. immigration enforcement policy calling for an end to massive work-site raids focused on arrests of unauthorized workers. The new policy will shift focus to abusive employers who "exploit the vulnerability of undocumented workers."


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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