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Featuring a series of immigration law articles spanning more than a decade, by Richard Hanus, Chicago immigration attorney and columnist.

Certain EAD Holders with Pending Extension Requests Can Continue to Work

Richard Hanus

July 9, 2017

Published July 9, 2017   Foreign nationals in the U.S. can qualify to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) under a variety of circumstances.   There are more than a couple dozen categories of eligibility, although the vast majority of our nation’s undocumented population do not qualify under any of them.    The most common... Read more →

DHS Confirms DACA Still In Effect; Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions May Soon Return

Richard Hanus

June 20, 2017

Published June 20, 2017   Department of Homeland Security Confirms DACA Still in Effect In a recent memorandum to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency heads, DHS Secretary, John Kelly confirmed that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still in effect – at least for now – and that applications... Read more →

When Will CIS Expedite Processing of your Petition or Application? AND New Vetting Procedures in Place for Visa Applicants

Richard Hanus

June 6, 2017

Published June 6, 2017   These days, with processing times for various petitions and applications getting longer, it is important to be aware that U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) will entertain and grant expedite requests under a variety of circumstances.   Firstly, there are a line of... Read more →

The Controversy Surrounding Sanctuary Cities

Richard Hanus

May 23, 2017

Published May 23, 2017   Since the election of President Trump, the term “sanctuary city” has had a conspicuous presence in our national conversation on immigration.  President Trump’s executive orders and rhetoric about building a wall and amping up immigration enforcement are the main reasons the topic has become all the more... Read more →

Marriage Based Green Card Interview Horror Stories; Where Do They Come From?

Richard Hanus

May 9, 2017

Published May 9, 2017   Question: Which travels quicker – good news or bad news?  Bad news, of course. “Train Wrecks” are exciting, interesting, sensational and sometimes, satisfying – especially when it concerns the failure of others!  To confirm this notion, all one has to do is review the magazines one sees in the check-out line... Read more →

A New Look for Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

Richard Hanus

April 25, 2017

Published April 25, 2017   Toward enhancing security and combatting document fraud, U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin issuing a newly redesigned Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) and Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) starting May 1, 2017.  Green Cards and EADs issued prior to the release of the new versions... Read more →

More Than Enough H-1B Petitions Received, But Overall Filings Decline

Richard Hanus

April 21, 2017

Published April 21, 2017   Within the first week of availability, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received more than enough petitions to exhaust the entirety of the coming fiscal year’s supply of 85,000 H-1B work visas – which include 65,000 H-1B visas for the general petitioning population and 20,000 reserved for petitions on... Read more →

Chicago Based Applicants for Green Cards and Citizenship: DHS/CIS Processing Times

Richard Hanus

April 20, 2017

Published April 20, 2017   Marriage based adjustment of status applicants residing in CIS Chicago’s jurisdiction are seeing an approximately 4-5 month wait to be scheduled for an interview.  Applicants for naturalization (N-400) under CIS Chicago’s jurisdiction are being scheduled within approximately 4 months of application filing,... Read more →

U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Immigration-Related Prosecution Priorities

Richard Hanus

April 12, 2017

Published April 12, 2017   In general, individuals who enter the U.S. without proper documentation, or who have overstayed their visas are guilty of only civil, as opposed to criminal, law violations.  That means, the worst penalty such a civil law offender generally faces is being subject to removal proceedings, and not criminal prosecution... Read more →