Immigration Update

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

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Revive "Public Charge" Rule That Made Getting "Green Cards" More Difficult for Migrants Who Had Used Certain Public Benefits

On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal brought by several Republican-led states that sought to revive a "Public Charge" rule that the Trump administration used to restrict "green cards" for people who had used certain public benefits including Medicaid, food stamps or housing vouchers.

After 10 Years, the DACA Program Is Stalled in Courts and in Congress

Ten years after it was created by the Obama Administration on July 15, 2012, the future of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is uncertain. Delayed by court challenges and lack of progress toward a legislative solution by a gridlocked U.S. Congress, the next chapter of DACA's history may wait until after a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing set for July 2022. In July 2021, Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas blocked new applications for the DACA program, which provides temporary protection from deportation and temporary work permits for certain undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children. Despite multiple attempts at legislative compromise, Congress has so far failed to act.


Bipartisan Immigration Law Reform Proposals Making Slow Progress in House and Senate as Midterm Elections Approach

The U.S. House and U.S. Senate are working on differing proposals for a potential bipartisan immigration law bill that could pass before December 2022. House proposals include: (1) provisions to promote innovation and facilitate immigration by researchers, scientists and engineers and (2) a pathway to permanent residence for "Dreamers" (undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children). The U.S. Senate proposals are more focused on border security and increases in agricultural workers visas.


Congressional Research Service Issues Useful Newly Updated Guide to USCIS Procedures

On June 1, 2022, the Congressional Research Service (a part of the U.S. Congress) published a newly updated guide to USCIS procedures, including applications for work authorization, visa petitions and "green cards". This is a concise and useful summary of the USCIS system including options for Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review.

Read from Congressional Research Service (CRS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Authorities and Procedures
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USCIS Urges Anyone Who Is Currently Eligible to File an Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Application (Form I-485) ASAP to Seek Green Card Approval Before September 30, 2022

On June 16, 2022, USCIS announced that due to a carryover of unused immigrant visas from FY 2021 to FY 2022, approximately 140,000 extra employment-based green cards may be issued between now and September 30, 2022. Anyone eligible is urged to file now.

Read from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Fiscal Year 2022 Employment-Based Adjustment of Status FAQs


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
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Scott Borene chaired the Expert Immigration Panel on "Global Work Visas" at the 2022 Minnesota State Bar Association's International Business Law Institute.

George Maxwell was the expert speaker on the topic of "Immigration Options for Ukrainians" for a Ukrainian Women's Group on May 11, 2022

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

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