Immigration Update

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

March 2021
New Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Report say "Minnesota Needs Immigrants" for a Strong, Growing Economy

This month the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce published a new report, "The Economic Contribution of Immigrants to Minnesota." The new report demonstrates that:

  1. Minnesota needs immigrants. Without immigrants, Minnesota's population would have been declining since 2001.
  2. Many new immigrants are highly educated. More that 43% of immigrants in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area have a Bachelor's degree or higher.
  3. Many leading professionals in high-skilled, high income, high tax-paying jobs are immigrants, including 76% of petroleum, mining and geological engineers, 40% of materials engineers and computer and information research scientists, and 26% of all Minnesota physicians.

Read the report from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, The Economic Contributions of Immigrants in Minnesota: Conclusion and Recommendations

New U.S. Department of Homeland Security Report Shows Massive Decrease in Foreign Students Coming to U.S. during 2020

The Report states: "In calendar 2020, schools saw a 72 percent decrease in new international student enrollment" compared to 2019. August and September normally show big increases in new F-1 international students arriving in the U.S. every year. Not last year.

The Report states "In August 2020, there was a 91 percent decrease in new F-1 international student enrollment..." This dramatic drop in international students coming to the U.S. is considered by many knowledgeable observers to be due to the combined impact of COVID-19 and increasingly strict F-1 visa screening procedures perceived by many prospective students as unwelcoming.

Read from The Department of Homeland Security, SEVIS by the Numbers, 2020 Report

Biden's Centerpiece Immigration Proposal has Narrow Support in House of Representatives, and has Little Support in the Republican Senate, Where it Needs at Least 10 Republican Votes to Pass

Prospects for "The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021" remain uncertain. Biden's major comprehensive immigration law proposal would give millions of undocumented migrants a path to U.S. Citizenship and overhaul other parts of the U.S. immigration system in the biggest change in U.S. immigration laws since the Reagan administration. The main roadblock is the U.S. Senate where lack of support from Republicans stands in the way of the needed 60 votes. For now, the legislation is in a holding pattern in the House of Representatives awaiting further developments.

Tip of the Month

USCIS Changes Key Forms Effective
April 19, 2021 and Publishes Updated Fee Schedule

Effective, April 19, 2021, USCIS will only accept the 3/10/21 editions of Form I-485 "Green Card" Application, Form I-129 "Work Visa Petition" and Form I-539 Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status Application

Read from USCIS,

New Fee Schedule published 3/10/2021


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
U.S. House Passes Two Smaller Immigration Bills to Aid "Dreamers" and Farmworkers

On March 8, 2021 the U.S. House voted 228 - 197 to pass the "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021" which would provide a path to green cards for up to 4 million undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children and for some other people who are in "Temporary Protected Status" or "Deferred Enforced Departure" because of problems in their home countries.

In a separate vote with more bipartisan support, the House passed the "Farmworkers Modernization Act" on a 247 - 174 vote. The Farmworkers Bill would help farmworkers and their spouses and children to earn a path to green cards through continued agricultural work and reform the H-2A temporary worker program.

Despite gaining some Republican votes in the House, prospects for both bills in the U.S, Senate remain uncertain. Negotiations to find Senate Republican supporters are expected in the weeks ahead.

Borene Law Firm In the News
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 is an invited 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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