Immigration Update

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

2021 H-1 Lottery Update:
More Than 300,000 Registrations Submitted for 85,000 Available H-1 Visas, Second Lottery Selection Round Expected Later in 2021

On June 9, 2021 USCIS announced that it had received 308,613 H-1 registrations for 2021. (In 2020, USCIS received 274,237 H-1 Lottery registrations.) USCIS selected 87,500 registrations for further processing. In 2020, there was a second round of selections in August that selected an additional 18,315 registrations. A second round of selections is also expected in 2021. The H-1 is the most commonly used temporary work visa for sponsorship for newly-hired international professional-level positions (i.e. positions requiring at least Bachelor's degree or equivalent).

The Minneapolis City Council and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Published a New Report on Economic Contributions of Immigrants to the City - More Than 1 Billion Dollars in 2019

A new report presented to the Minneapolis City Council details the economic and labor force contributions of immigrants and refugees to the area. Findings include: immigrants fill key roles in the economy. Immigrants are more than 28% of the area's construction workers, 25% of the transportation workers, 20% of healthcare and social assistance workers and 13% of the STEM workers, even though immigrants only represent 14.9% of the total population.

Read from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, New Report Details Economic Clout of Immigrants, Refugees in Minnesota

Read from Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Americans in Minneapolis

U.S. Immigration Courts Are Buried in a Backlog of More Than 1.3 Million Cases

Many people are waiting for years to have their day in a U.S. immigration court to apply for relief from deportation from an immigration judge, including possible claims for asylum, permanent resident status or voluntary departure permission. The backlogs have grown significantly in recent years.

USCIS Issues New Policy Detailing Criteria for Expedited Processing of Applications or Petitions

Effective June 9, 2021, USCIS issued new policy guidance describing the case-by-case factors used to evaluate requests for Expedited Processing. The factors include: severe financial loss, emergencies, humanitarian reasons, non-profit organizations whose request is in the cultural and social interest of the United States, U.S. Government interests and clear USCIS errors.

Tip of the Month

New USCIS Policy Increases Validity Period of Certain Employment Authorization Documents from 1 Year to 2 Years

Effective June 9, 2021, USCIS updated its Policy Manual to increase the validity period of Employment Authorization Documents issued to certain applicants. The new rule applies to people who have applied for Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Residence while in the U.S. (i.e. applied for a "green card") under Section 245 of the Immigration Act.

Read from USCIS,


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
Borene Law Firm In the News

George Maxwell and Scott Borene were expert speakers at the April, 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 2021 - "the highest possible Peer Review Rating in legal ability and ethical standards" for the 27th consecutive year from "the gold standard in attorney ratings" - The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, All Editions, 1994 - present.

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

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

Scott Borene recognized by other lawyers as 2020 Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Minnesota as noted by

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