Immigration Update

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

February-March 2024
Last Chance for New H-1B Work Visas for the 2024 Quota
Start Preparing H-1 Lottery Registrations Now (before March 11, 2024)

The H-1B work visa is the most commonly used work visa for newly hired professionals. Last year, more than 700,000 applications were registered for only 85,000 available new H-1 quota-subject lottery sponsorships.

H-1B eligibility requirements include a bachelor's degree or higher and a qualified U.S. job offer. The window for H-1B registration opens on March 6th, 2024. Prepare H-1 lottery applications now to meet the registration deadline.

After the 2024 H-1B quota is reached, there will be no new cap-subject H-1B work sponsorships available until October 1 2025.

The H-1 lottery registration period for 2024 runs from March 6th until March 22nd. This 2024 H-1 lottery registration period covers the United States Government Fiscal Year 2025 (10/01/2024 to 09/30/2025).

Employers who want Borene Law Firm's help with 2024 H-1 work visa lottery projects should call Penny Van Kampen at Borene Law Firm 612.321.0082 by Monday, March 11, 2024.

Read from Borene Law Firm, FAQ's about H-1 Work Visas

White House Considers Possible Use of "Executive Action" to Restrict Entry of Some Migrants at Southern Border

The Biden administration is reportedly considering use of the President's Executive Authority pursuant to Section 212(f) of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent immigration to the United States of anyone "detrimental to the interests of the United States." Section 212(f) was used repeatedly by the Trump administration to restrict immigrants to the U.S.

Read from The New York Times, Biden's Next Steps on Immigration

The Non-partisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Forecasts That New Immigrant Workers to the United States Will Boost the U.S. Economy by $7 Trillion in the Next Decade and Increase Federal Tax Revenues by $1 Trillion

A new 96-page report from the CBO details how the U.S. economy and the federal budget will benefit from and depend on increased immigration to the U.S. Some key points of the report are:

  1. The U.S. work force will grow by more than 5 million new workers mostly because of increased immigration.
  2. New immigrant workers will boost the U.S. economy by $7 trillion and add $1 trilion to federal tax collections.
  3. Without new immigrants, the U.S. population would be shrinking. By 2042 all U.S. population growth will be due to immigration.

Effective April 1, 2024, Many USCIS Filing Fees Affecting Applications to Obtain Lawful Permanent Residence (Green Cards), Work Authoriations and Citizenship Will Increase by Amounts Ranging from Less than 10% to More than 200%

The new increased fees apply to all applications for benefits postmarked on or after April 1, 2024. This is the first full filing fee adjustment by USCIS since 2016.

For full details of the new fees and side-by-side comparisons of the old fees and new fees, see the USCIS links below.

Scott Borene was
named the
Best Lawyers® 2024 Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Minneapolis.

Tip of the Month

All Employers Must Use Only the New (04/01/2024) Edition of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, Starting April 1, 2024

Effective April 1, 2024, employers must use only the 04/01/2024 edition of USCIS Form I-129. The I-129 is the most frequently used form for temporary work sponsorships, including H-1, H-2, H-3, L-1, O-1, P-1, Q-1, and R-1 temporary work visa categories. There is no grace period. Any I-129 filing on or after Monday, April 1st using the obsolete 05/31/2023 edition will be rejected by USCIS.

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 2024 - "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 is an invited expert speaker at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)-sponsored Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference at the University of Minnesota Law School on May 17, 2024. AILA is the leading professional association for immigration lawyers in the U.S.
Scott Borene will be speaking on the topic, "Alternatives to PERM Labor Certification - Other Employment-Sponsored Pathways to Permanent Residence, including Individuals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers and Transferred Multinational Executives and Managers".

Aly Johnson has joined
Borene Law Firm
as an Attorney. Aly handles both business and family cases.

George Maxwell lead the Expert Immigration Panel on the topic of "Considerations for Building a Global Work force in 2023 and Beyond" at the Minnesota State Bar Association's Annual International Business Law Institute on March 2, 2023.

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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.