Immigration Update

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



December 2020

Happy Holidays
from Borene Law Firm!
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Joe Biden Designated as President-Elect by U.S. Electoral College - Biden Promises Immigration Policy Changes
in First 100 Days

On December 14, the U.S. Electoral College designated Joe Biden as President-elect based on the results of the November election. Biden promised many immigration policy moves in his first 100 days. Biden's immigration priorities include: sending a new Comprehensive Immigration Law Reform Bill to Congress before April 30, 2021, rescinding Trump era Executive Orders that banned visas for citizens of many countries, restricted refugees and asylum seekers and separated families.


Now is the Time to Identify Key Employees for H-1B Work Visa Sponsorship for 2021

• 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 2021.

• In 2020, more than 260,000 H-1 Lottery Registrations were submitted to USCIS

Interested employers should start now preparing new H-1B 2021 Lottery Registration Applications for foreign workers, including computer/IT professionals, engineers, doctors, scientists, researchers, professors, 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 2021 H-1B quota is reached, there will be no new cap-subject H-1B work sponsorships available until October 1, 2022. 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 email us or call us no later than February 28, 2021 at 612.321.0082.

Read from Borene Law Firm, FAQ's about H-1 Work Visas
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Federal Court Orders U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Re-start Accepting Applications for Temporary Work Permits and Status in the U.S. for the Obama - Era DACA Program to Help Undocumented Migrants Who Entered the U.S. as Children

On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Federal District Court in New York ordered the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting first-time and renewal applications for temporary work permits and temporary travel documents for applicants who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program. The DACA Program could benefit more that 600,000 undocumented migrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.



Tip of the Month

Do You Need a U.S. Passport for Urgent Travel in Less Than 3 days?

The U.S. Passport Office has special emergency expedited services available in special circumstances.



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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


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Scott Borene recognized by other lawyers as 2020 Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Minnesota as noted by

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 an expert speaker on the topic of "Recent Trends in Employment Based Immigration" in a program sponsored by the
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 Immigration Update is a publication of:
Borene Law Firm
U.S. & Global Immigration
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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.