Immigration Update

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

January 2023
U.S. Congressional Budget Office Projects That Within 20 Years, New Immigrants to the U.S. Will Account for 100% of U.S. Population Growth and a Large Share of U.S. Workforce Growth

On January 24, 2023, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a new forecast showing that U.S. population will reach 373 million by 2053. By 2053, all of the increase in U.S. annual population growth will be due to new immigrants to the U.S. Recent trends show that millennials and Gen Z will be less likely to have children than their parents' generation.

Time is Running Out
to Prepare Registrations
for New H-1B Work Visas for 2023

• 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 fiscal year 2023.

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 2023 H-1B 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 2023 H-1B quota is reached, there will be no new cap-subject H-1B work sponsorships available until October 1, 2024. 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, 2023 at 612.321.0082.

Read from Borene Law Firm, FAQ's about H-1 Work Visas
Almost One Million New U.S. Citizens Sworn in during Fiscal Year 2023 - (most in 15 Years and 3rd Highest Number Ever in a Single Year since 1907)

The 970,000 new citizens sworn in during the fiscal year ending on 9/30/23 was the highest number since 2008 when 1.05 million people became new citizens. Approximately 670,000 more legal immigrants have pending applications for U.S. citizenship (also referred to as "naturalization").

USCIS Proposes Big New Filing Fee Increases for 2023 Work Visas, Other USCIS Applications and Petitions and Green Cards

On January 9, 2023, USCIS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking raising fees for many applications and petitions. Some of the largest increases would affect employers sponsoring temporary workers such as: H-1's, H-2B's and L-1's.

Current Fee: $460
Proposed Fee: $780
Difference: $320
% Difference: 70%

Current Fee: $460
Proposed Fee: $1,080
Difference: $620
% Difference: 135%

Current Fee: $460
Proposed Fee: $1,385
Difference: $925
% Difference: 201%

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

Tip of the Month

USCIS Expands Eligibility for "Premium Processing" (Extra Fast Adjudication) to Include I-140 Immigrant Visa Petitions in the Multinational Executive or Manager EB-1(3) and National Interest Waiver (NIW) EB-2 NIW Categories

Effective January 30, 2023, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for employment-based permanent immigrant visa petitions in the EB-1 (3) Multinational Executive or Manager category and the EB-2 National Interest Waiver category. Normal processing can take 4-6 months or longer before USCIS makes an initial decision. Premium processing requires filing Form I-907 and payment of $2,500 fee to USCIS to receive an initial decision within 15 days.

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 29th consecutive year from "the gold standard in attorney ratings" - The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, All Editions, 1994 - present.

Scott Borene was selected to chair the North American Expert Immigration Panel at the 10th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference in London in December of 2022. Scott Borene has chaired the U.S. expert panel at every IBA Global Immigration Conference for the past 20 years (2003-2022).

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

Scott Borene chaired the Expert Immigration Panel on
 "Global Work Visas" at the 2022 Minnesota State Bar Association's International Business Law Institute.
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 Immigration Update is a publication of:
Borene Law Firm
U.S. & Global Immigration
3950 IDS Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
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.