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Richard Hanus – Immigration Lawyer

Chicago, Elgin and Waukegan Illinois

Since 1990, Richard Hanus has dedicated his practice to helping unravel the complexities of immigration law for individuals and businesses.  Immigration laws continue to change, particularly in today’s environment, with new agencies and new requirements emerging all the time.  Whether you are an individual seeking status in the U.S., or are a business looking to employ foreign national workers, Mr. Hanus can help by drawing on his years of expertise and specialized knowledge.

Areas of Practice:

  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • Removal/Deportation Defense
  • Naturalization & Citizenship
  • Asylum
  • Visas

Bar Admissions:

Education:

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Co-Chair of Chicago Chapter’s Liaison Committee with Illinois Secretary of State Office’s Department of Motor Vehicles, Past Co-Chair of Pro Bono/Chicago Volunteer Legal Services/AILA Clinic; Past Co-Chair of local chapter’s Liaison Committee with Chicago’s Department of Homeland Security / Citizenship and Immigration Service District Director’s Office.    Richard Hanus is also a lecturer on immigration law issues and developments for continuing legal/professional education programs presented by American Immigration Law Association, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and National Association of Social Workers.
  • Decalogue Society, Chicago Member

Recent Federal Court Litigation:

  • Richard Hanus successfully argued a Petition for Review before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, with petitioner’s removal proceedings being halted, and her case for a green card being given new life. (Green card application originally denied and case sent to removal proceedings because client had been lured into registering to vote and voting by DMV officials).

See Keathley v. Holder, No. 11-594. See also international media coverage. Additional international media coverage.

Mentions/Media:

  • Richard Hanus quoted in a Reuters article by Joseph Ax, “Peruvian Woman Can Be Deported from U.S. for Voting Illegally: Court” featuring Hanus’ client and her battle to remain in the U.S. after being lured into registering to vote and voting by DMV officials in Illinois (February 13, 2017).
  • Super Lawyer magazine has once again chosen Richard Hanus as a Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law for 2017 (previously selected in 2007-2008, 2014-2016).  Super Lawyer magazine is a publication of Thomson Reuters and Chicago Magazine and each year carries out a multi-dimensional evaluation process, involving independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, and where the top 5% of practitioners in their respective fields are selected for this honor.
  • Richard Hanus is featured in the March, 2016 Chicago Volunteer Legal Services newsletter, for providing successful pro bono counsel on behalf of Client F., a long time U.S. resident who finally achieved her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen after a 9 year legal battle and a recent victory on appeal.
  • Super Lawyer magazine has once again chosen Richard Hanus as a Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law for 2016 (previously selected in 2007-2008, 2014-2015).  Super Lawyer magazine is a publication of Thomson Reuters and Chicago Magazine and each year carries out a multi-dimensional evaluation process, involving independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, and where the top 5% of practitioners in their respective fields are selected for this honor.
  • Richard Hanus quoted in an article by Marwa Eltagouri, “Immigrant Who Wrongly Voted Wins Right To Stay,” featuring Hanus’ client and her final victory after a 7 year legal battle to obtain U.S. resident status (“Green Card”) and fight off deportation, published by the Chicago Tribune (July 5, 2014).
  • Richard Hanus quoted in an article by Maria Zamudio “Illegal Voting Case Puts Family’s Future in Limbo”, featuring Hanus’ client and her federal court fight to remain in the U.S., published by Chicago Reporter (February 21, 2014)
  • Richard Hanus recognized in Philippines Daily Mirror article by Joseph Lariosa “EOIR Cites Filiipina’s Voting Case as Precedent” as attorney for prevailing party in fight with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and for his role in establishing legal precedent for defense of removal proceedings (October 12, 2013).
  • Richard Hanus authored a Wall Street Journal “Cross Country” Op Ed piece entitled, “How This Immigration Lawyer Learned to Love Voter I.D.” Published by the Wall Street Journal on May 4-5, 2013.
  • Richard Hanus urges Congress to repeal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212(a)(9)(B) – November 27, 2010.
  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Shannon Mehner and Brianna McClane “Exploited Immigrants, Unaware of Labor Laws, Afraid to Fight Mistreatment”, published by Medill News Service (May 20, 2010).
  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Lori Bernardino, “Undocumented and unafraid? Opposite is true for some Filipino immigrants.” published by Medill News Service (April 14, 2010).
  • Sponsor of National Immigrant Justice Center’s 2008 Midwest Light of Human Rights Award
  • Richard Hanus quoted in article and television feature by Nishi Gupta, “Immigrant May Lose Chance at Citizenship” published by WHOI-19 Television, Peoria, IL (December 6, 2007).
  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Antonio Olivo, “Citizenship in Sight, But Then She Voted,” published by Chicago Tribune (December 3, 2007). The story also appeared on GMA News.
  • Richard Hanus quoted in “The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers”, a book authored by Jane Guskin and David Wilson and published by NYU Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Richard Hanus quoted in radio feature “Why Didn’t She Win the Car?”, broadcast on St. Louis’ KMOX 1120 on January 26, 2007.
  • Richard Hanus quoted in article and television feature by Courtney Brennan, “The Aftermath of the Immigration Sweep” aired and published by WQAD Television, Quad Cities/Moline, IL (November 16, 2006).
  • Richard Hanus was interviewed for an episode of FRONTLINE/WORLD which aired on PBS Click to Play
  • Richard Hanus quoted in article by Jennifer Koons, “Reaction: Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon/Bustillo v. Johnson,” published by Medill News Service (July 6, 2006).
  • Richard Hanus quoted in Associated Press article by Alan Scher Zagier, “Mid-Missourians join fight over deportation,” published by Columbia Daily Tribune. (October 2, 2005).
  • Richard Hanus quoted in “Foreign Workers:  Everything You Need to Know about Employing Foreign Workers”, a book authored by Joyce B. Gentry and Kathleen Kennedy-Luczak and published by CCH Incorporated (2004)

Original insights & analysis of current immigration law issues by R. Hanus, Immigration Law Columnist: Richard’s Blog, 1999 – present

Lectures, Speaking Engagements and Community Involvement:

  • Richard Hanus  shared his expertise leading a panel of fellow immigration lawyers on March 13, 2017 on the topic of “Advanced Naturalization”, at the 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Midwest Regional Conference at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel, Chicago, Illinois 
  • Richard Hanus presented a Continuing Legal Education lecture and shared his expertise as part of a panel on “Best Practices in Consular Advocacy”  at the Chicago Bar Association on January 19, 2017.
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise leading a panel of fellow immigration lawyers on March 14, 2016 on the topic of federal court immigration litigation, “You’re Not as Far from U.S. District Court as you May Think – A Bird’s Eye View of the Options and Strategies”, at the 2016 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Midwest Regional Conference at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel, Chicago, Illinois  
  • Richard Hanus presented a Continuing Legal Education lecture and shared his expertise on “Current Trends in Naturalization” with fellow immigration lawyers at the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association on January 11, 2016
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise on a panel of fellow immigration lawyers on the topic of “Avoiding Lawsuits: Hot Topics in Business Immigration Ethics” for American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Chicago Chapter’s 2015 Fall Business Immigration, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “The Business of Doing Business Immigration”, in Chicago, Illinois on October 16, 2015.
  • Richard Hanus, along with a panel of fellow experts, conducted a Continuing Legal Education Seminar on the topic of Waivers of Inadmissability – Fraud and Misrepresentation at the Chicago Bar Association on January 13, 2015.
  • Richard Hanus conducted a Continuing Legal Education Seminar and shared his expertise with fellow lawyers at the DuPage County (IL ) Bar Association on November 21, 2014  on the topic – “What Every Criminal Lawyer Should Know About Immigration Law”. 
  • Richard Hanus conducted a Continuing Legal Education Seminar and shared his expertise with fellow lawyers at the McHenry County (IL) Bar Association on June 10, 2014 on the topic – “Immigration Law Basics, and its Intersection with Corporate and Labor Law”.
  • Richard Hanus conducted a Continuing Legal Education Seminar and shared his expertise with fellow lawyers at the Chicago Bar Association (on behalf of the Decalogue Society) on May 7, 2014 on the topic: “What Every Criminal Lawyer Should Know About Immigration Law.”
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise on a panel of fellow immigration lawyers on the topic of “Child Status Protection Act – How It Can Help Keep Immigrant Families Intact” for the Chicago Bar Association’s “Meeting the Needs of Children Under the Immigration Laws” Continuing Legal Education Seminar on January 14, 2014.
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise on a panel of fellow immigration lawyers on the topic of “Ethics, Pro Bono and Immigration Workshops” for American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Chicago Chapter’s 2013 Ethics/Client Relations in Immigration, Continuing Legal Education Seminar at the Chicago Bar Association on May 17, 2013
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise with 3rd year law students at the University of Illinois College of Law as a guest lecturer on the topic of Small Firm Practice on March 29, 2013.
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise leading a panel of fellow immigration lawyers on the topic of Marriage Based Potpourri, including U visas, False Claims to Citizenship and Unlawful Voting/Registration at American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2013 Midwest Regional Conference at Chicago Hilton and Towers on March 15, 2013
  • Richard Hanus conducted a Continuing Legal Education Seminar and shared his expertise with fellow lawyers at the Chicago Bar Association (on behalf of the Decalogue Society) on June 6, 2012 on the topic: “What Every Divorce Lawyer Should Know About Immigration Law.”
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise leading a panel of fellow immigration lawyers on the topic of Fraud Detection/National Security and its Impact on Issuance of Immigration Benefits at American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2012 Midwest Regional Conference at Chicago Hilton and Towers on March 16, 2012.
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise with fellow immigration lawyers, as part of an interagency governmental panel discussion at American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2011 Annual Midwest Regional Conference at Chicago Hilton and Towers on March 28, 2011 featuring Chicago Field Office Directors for U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise on a panel conducting a Continuing Legal Education Seminar at the Chicago Bar Association on January 13, 2011 on the topic of Representation of Victims of Crimes and Domestic Violence in the Immigration Law Context.
  • Richard Hanus led a panel discussion and shared his expertise with fellow immigration law attorneys at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Annual Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago, Illinois on the topic, “Affidavits of Support, Government Benefits, Tax Issues and Social Security Benefits” on April 9, 2010.
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise in presenting a continuing legal education seminar on “Common Pitfalls Encountered by Immigration and Criminal Law Practitioners When Representing Non-U.S. Citizens” to fellow attorneys at the Chicago Bar Association on February 4, 2010.
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise in immigration law in presenting a Continuing Legal Education seminar, “Immigration Issues in Family Law“, to fellow attorneys at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services headquarters on January 27, 2009.
  • Richard Hanus shared his expertise in defense strategies for deportation/removal proceedings in presenting a seminar, “Removal for Experts“, to fellow attorneys across the U.S. via nationwide teleconference on March 19, 2009.
  • ARK Chicago (social service agency in Chicago) Richard Hanus Board of Directors President, 2004 – present; Chairman of the Board, 2011 – 2012; Co-President, 2009 – 2011; Vice President, 2007 – 2009.
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award Recipient, 2006 & 1990; Volunteer Attorney 1989- Present; Immigration Law (AILA) Clinic Chair 1998-2004