Immigration Update

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

Biden Proclamation Revokes 2019 Policy That Stopped Visas for Immigrants Who Lack Wealth or Health Insurance

On May 14, 2021, President Biden revoked a 2019 rule that prevented the issuance of green cards to
legal immigrants who could not show health insurance or high wealth to cover possible future health care costs. The "Public Charge" Rule was in effect from October 2019 to May 14, 2021.

New Poll Shows Increased Concern About U.S. - Mexico Border and Majority Support for a Pathway to Citizenship

An NPR/Ipsos poll published on May 20, 2021 showed 55% of all U.S. adults consider the U.S. - Mexico border "a major problem." More than 70% support a pathway to U.S. citizenship for farmworkers, other essential workers, immigrants with temporary legal status fleeing wars and natural disasters and "Dreamers," undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children.


U.S. Again Extends Travel Restrictions on Entry to U.S. from Canada and Mexico by Land Borders and Ferry Services for Another Month

On May 24, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended the temporary travel restrictions on entry to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico. Only "essential travel" is permitted. The border restrictions do not apply to air travel from Canada and Mexico to the United States.

Biden Administration Extends Temporary Protection for Haitians in U.S. Who Are at Risk of Deportation

On May 22, 2021 the Biden Administration announced an 18 month extension of "Temporary Protected Status" (TPS), that could temporarily protect more that 150,000 Haitians now it the U.S. from deportation to Haiti.

Tip of the Month

U.S. Consulates Announce New Processing Priorities for Legal Immigrant Visas - Four Tiers Include Special, Faster Service for Many Family-Sponsored Immigrants

On April 30, 2021 the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced a new "Immigrant Visa Prioritization" policy. Tier one includes children and special immigrant visas for certain Afghan and Iraqi nationals working for the U.S. Government. Tier two includes immediate relatives and fiancés of U.S. citizens. Tier three includes other family-sponsored visas. Tier four includes all other immigrant visas, including employment-sponsored visas.

Read from the U.S. DOS,


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 20, 2021 International Business Law Institute's 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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