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US Immigration: Predictions for 2023: Attorney Predictions for the New Year

☝It’s not easy to predict exactly what will happen with US immigration in 2023, as it depends on a variety of factors such as government policies, economic conditions, and global events. However, I can tell you about some of the trends and issues that have been shaping US immigration in recent years, which may provide some context for thinking about the future.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. There are many predictions for what will happen to US immigration and the policies surrounding it in 2023, and they are not all bad.

As we approach a new year, it’s time to look at what’s happening with US immigration and how it may change over the next twelve months.

✅USCIS Fees will be increased, some will double

🔹The Investor Green Card fees are going to be well over $10,000.

🔹New “Asylum Program” fees will be added to employment visa fees to have US Employers cover the costs of USCIS processing asylum and reducing Asylum backlogs.

🔹Online filing will be rewarded with lower fees for online versions submitted vs. paper forms.

✅Artificial Intelligence

🔹The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become widely used by USCIS and other government agencies dealing with US Immigration.

🔹Emma, the current chatbot used on the USCIS website, is a weak one. As this type of technology reaches new heights and popularity in the year ahead, AI will improve the chatting options and increase access to immigrants. Not only will immigrants be able to ask questions about possibilities of filing different kind of US Visa and Immigration cases and the necessary steps, but they will also be able to get more detailed information about their existing cases, to find out where the case is at any moment (Service Center, Field Office, etc) and how long is the wait time. The chatbot is not only a good option for immigrants but also for service center staff and field office officials as it saves time and stress.

🔹AI technology will revamp the U.S. immigrant application process. In the future, AI will help everybody differently. For example, immigrants who want to open a business will be able to get support. Refugees will be able to explain their situation and share the conditions of the country they are fleeing in order to prove that they have a well-founded fear of persecution. There will be many channels for workers to get information on the type of work permit they need, as well as guidance on how to file applications and which application to file where.

✅Online filing will expand to more and more forms. Parole programs will also be online based.

✅More forms will require a US financial sponsor.

✅Immigration Processing backlogs will be decreased.

🔹So many immigration advocate organizations and attorneys are suing the federal immigration agencies because of the crazy processing delays they’re experiencing. They will have no choice but to deal with this in 2023 and reduce the waiting times.

✅Title 42 border block will become permanent.

🔹Earlier this week, the Supreme Court blocked the COVID-19 pandemic public health order put in place by the White House earlier this year for reasons not related to health grounds. Title 42 allows Customs and Border Protection to refuse entry of travelers from certain countries due to the coronavirus.

✅Country caps will be eliminated for Work Green Cards and Family Petitions.

🔹This is a change in immigration policy that will have a big impact on the number of immigrants coming to the US. This new law will eliminate country caps for work-based green cards and family-based petitions. This means that there will be no limit on the number of immigrants from any one country who can apply for a green card or visa to come to the US.

✅The Border Crisis will continue, although to a smaller extent with the new parole program for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans.

🔹There has also been a lot of debate and controversy around the issue of unauthorized immigration to the US. The number of unauthorized immigrants in the US has been declining in recent years, but it remains a contentious issue. There have been various efforts to crack down on unauthorized immigration, including the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border and changes to visa policies.

🔹The United States is currently in a state of immigration crisis. The border crisis will continue as immigrants are so desperate to escape their countries as refugees. There are many reasons for this, such as violence, economic instability, and high unemployment rates.

🔹This is not the first time the United States has experienced a state of immigration crisis. In the past, there have been two major events that have led to an immigration crisis: the Great Depression of 1929 and World War II. These events caused large numbers of immigrants to come into the country in search of employment or refuge from persecution in their home countries.

🔹The United States has seen a significant increase in the number of asylum seekers in recent years, particularly from Central American countries. This has been driven in part by violence and poverty in these countries, as well as changing policies and enforcement priorities in the US.

✅One significant trend in US immigration has been the overall decline in the number of people immigrating to the country. 

🔹According to data from the US Census Bureau, the number of immigrants living in the US has been steadily declining since its peak in 2007. 

🔹This decline has been driven in part by a decrease in the number of people coming from Latin America, particularly Mexico.

✅EB-5 investors will be able to get Investment Green Cards faster.

🔹As they invest in rural, high unemployment target areas of USA and the US infrastructure, immigrants can get green cards for themselves and family members in return. 

🔹The investment amount will increase in 2023 due to inflation and to cover the costs of reducing wait times in this category.

No bipartisan Amnesty is going to happen in 2023 for all illegal immigrants.

🔹At best, Congress will pass DACA as a permanent law (legalizing dreamer kids brought to US prior to a certain age and prior to a certain date). 

🔹No real Amnesty will happen in 2023 for the 11 Million plus illegal immigrants currently in US with no hope of legalizing and getting ANY status.

It’s difficult to say exactly what the future holds for US immigration. It will likely continue to be a complex and highly politicized issue, with a range of different policies and proposals being debated and implemented.

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