Immigration Update

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



May 2023
New Report from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MN DEED) Shows How Regaining Past Levels of New Immigrants to Minnesota Will Help Minnesota Economy by Easing Extreme Labor Shortages (In April 2023, Minnesota Recorded an All-Time Record Low Unemployment Rate of 2.3%)

On April 21, 2023, MN DEED published a new Research Report showing how returning new international immigrant levels in Minnesota to 2014-2016 levels of more than 16,000/year from the 2021 level of 4,042 could help address extreme labor shortages in Minnesota.

Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, employers of scientists, engineers, and technology professionals and agricultural and manufacturing are among the industries most severely impacted by Minnesota's extreme worker shortage.

Read from Star Tribune, State sees immigration as a solution

Read from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Can Regaining Immigration Levels Help Resolve Minnesota's Tight Labor Market?

Read from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, New DEED Research Shows How Regaining Past Immigration Levels Could Help Ease Minnesota's Labor Shortage



Widely Predicted Surge in Migrants on Southwest Border Expected after the Expiration of Title 42 COVID-Related Border Restrictions Does Not Occur - Instead, Number of Undocumented Migrants Trying to Enter U.S. on Mexico/Texas Border Drops by 56%

The widely-anticipated avalanche of asylum-seekers on the Southwest border did not occur after the expiration of the Trump-era Title 42 border restrictions on May 11th. Instead of increasing, the number of migrants crossing from Mexico seeking asylum in the U.S. actually decreased by 56% in the week after May 11th. For the time being, there appears to be a mostly orderly processing of asylum seekers at the border.




USCIS Reports a Record Increase of H-1B Work Visa Lottery Registrants in March 2023 to More Than 780,000, Almost 300,000 More Than in March 2022

At the end of April, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the results for the H-1B lottery held in March 2023. With more than 780,000 applications for only 85,000 available new H-1B work visas for the period starting October 1, 2023, the overall selection rate was approximately 12%. Despite strong continued support for an increase in the annual H-1B quota from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and employers, political gridlock has stopped Congress from addressing the extreme shortages of professional workers in the U.S..

The H-1B work visa is the most commonly used work visa for newly hired professionals. H-1B eligibility requirements include a bachelor's degree or higher and a qualified U.S. job offer.

Read from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, FY 2024 H-1B Initial Registration Period Updates


Immigration Court Backlogs Continue to Grow - More Than 2.1 Million Migrants Seeking Asylum in the U.S. Forced to Wait 4 to 10 Years or Longer to Have "Their Day in a U.S. Immigration Court"

From 2017 to 2023, the backlogs of asylum cases awaiting a hearing in Immigration Court increased from about 600,000 to more than 2.1 million. Despite adding 200 more new immigration judges to the system, overworked judges continue to fall further behind in processing cases.


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

President and CDC End COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Airline Passengers Flying to U.S. Effective May 12th

On May 9, 2023, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation ending the vaccination requirements for noncitizens travelers flying into the United States. Noncitizens flying into the U.S. are no longer required to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an acceptedCOVID-19 vaccine before boarding a flight to the U.S.


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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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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 Institute on March 2, 2023.


Jeanne Kildow was an expert speaker on "Employment-Based Immigration Preference Categories"
at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Annual Conference


Scott Borene was selected to chair the North American Expert Immigration Panel at the 10th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference in London in December of 2022. Scott Borene has chaired the U.S. expert panel at every IBA Global Immigration Conference for the past 20 years (2003-2022).

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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.