Immigration Update

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

September 2022
Current U.S. Immigration Policies and Processing Delays Have Resulted in a Loss of 1.7 Million Immigrant Workers from the U.S. Economy - Labor Shortages Have Hit Farmers, Trucking Companies, Nursing Homes and High Tech Employers of Advanced Degree Professionals Especially Hard

On August 26, 2022,Giovanni Peri, Professor of Economics and Director of the University of California Davis Global Migration Center, speaking at a media briefing said that, "From the middle of 2019 until the end of 2021,there has been essentially zero net immigration to the U.S."

Farmers and food production employers have experienced extreme worker shortages. Nursing homes are facing the worst labor shortages in 30 years, losing more than 229,000 caregivers since February 2020. There is a current shortage of 80,000 truck drivers that will grow to 160,000 by 2030, according to the American Trucking Association.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Proposes Expansion of Remote Verification of I-9 Employment and Identity Documents

Since 1986, Federal law generally has required that all employers physically inspect the identity and employment documents of all employees in-person before the employee begins employment. This is referred to as the "I-9 process" because of the I-9 Form that must be completed by both the employee and employer. In May 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns about in-person contacts, the DHS temporarily suspended the in-person document inspection requirement for certain types of employment. On August 18, 2022, DHS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could expand remote verification on a long-term basis.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State Estimate that more than 263,000 total Employment-based Immigrant Visas for Permanent Residence Have Been Issued Through August 2022 for FY 2022

On September 8, 2022, USCIS issued a new report "FY 2023 Employment-Based FAQs" that explained in detail some of the complexities of the U.S. immigration system's process for managing "green card" issuance based on employment sponsorship.

The Department of State estimates that approximately 200,000 immigrant visas will be issued in FY2023 in the Employment-based categories. FY2023 starts 10/01/2022 and ends on 09/30/2023.

Read from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Fiscal Year 2023 Employment-Based Adjustment of Status FAQ's

USCIS Marks Citizenship Day 2022 with Release of New Public Information Resources to Help Eligible Permanent Residents with the Naturalization Process

On September 17, 2022 (Citizenship Day), USCIS welcomed more than 19,000 new U.S. citizens. USCIS also publicized many new resources to help people with the citizenship process, including an "Eligible to Naturalize" Data Dashboard, Fact Sheets and Toolkits to help study for the Citizenship Civics Test.

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

Tip of the Month

Effective November 7, 2022, USCIS Will Only Accept The New Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (dated 07/26/2022)

On September 7, USCIS published a newly revised edition of Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The I-765 is used for many types of employment permission in the U.S. immigration system. Effective November 7, 2022, only the new edition of Form I-765 dated 07/26/2022 should be used. Use of a prior obsolete form can result in denial of Employment Authorization.

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
Borene Law Firm rated "AV Preeminent" in 2022 - "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.
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

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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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.