Immigration Update

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

August 2022
Biden Administration Issues New Regulation Extending DACA Benefits for Certain Undocumented Migrants Who Entered the U.S. as Children

On August 25, 2022, the Biden Administration acting through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a new Final Regulation extending existing DACA benefits including temporary work permits and temporary protection from deportation for more than 600,000 undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children. The new rule is effective on October 31, 2022. Litigation challenging the new rule is considered likely.

USCIS Hits H-1B Work Visa Quota Cap for Fiscal Year 2023 (October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023)

On August 23, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-1B annual quota cap for the April 2022 Visa Lottery has been reached. Each Fiscal Year, USCIS selects only 85,000 H-1 lottery registrants for new H-1 work visas. In March 2022, more than 400,000 candidates were registered for new quota-subject H-1 work visas. The H-1B is the most frequently used work visa by employees seeking to hire international professionals (bachelor's degree and above). The next H-1 lottery is expected to be held in March 2023.


Multiple Bills to Address the Extreme Shortages of Professionals and Highly Skilled Workers in the U.S. Stalled in Congress

As of late August 2022, several proposed law changes that would ease quotas for work visas and decades-long backlogs for green card sponsorships for international professionals and highly skilled workers have died or stalled in the U.S. Congress. The most extreme talent shortages in the U.S. include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals and health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and researchers.


New Polls Show Strong Partisan Divide on Immigration Issues - 7 in 10 Americans Say Immigration is Good for America

The results of a new Gallup Poll conducted July 5-26 show increasingly partisan views on immigration. Overall, a majority of Americans say immigration should be increased or remain the same. 38% favor decreasing immigration. 70% say immigration is a benefit for the United States.

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

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U.S. Government Issues Updated Warnings About "Scammers" Impersonating U.S. Immigration Officers

In August, multiple U.S. government agencies issued new warnings about imposters calling U.S. residents seeking money while posing as U.S. immigration officials. New warnings were issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Read from U.S. Department of State, Fraud warning

Read from Federal Trade Commission, Scammers impersonate US immigration officers

Read from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP Warns Residents of Phone Scam

Read from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Beware of ICE Imposters

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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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.