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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:


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 petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a removal order entered against his client after she was misled by a DMV official into registering to vote and then voting in a federal election.   The petition sought clarification of  National Voter Registration Act provisions which appear to mandate DMV solicitation of voter registration of even ineligible voters and at the same time forbid officials from discouraging registration of ineligible voters. 
  • Richard Hanus argued a Petition for Review before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, seeking to overturn entry of a removal order against his lawful permanent resident client who was improperly solicited and approved to vote by a DMV official pursuant to mandate of the National Voter Registration Act.  See  Fitzpatrick v. Sessions, 847 F.3d 913 (7th Cir. 2017).          National media coverage 1    National media coverage 2
  • 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, 696 F.3d 644 (7th Cir. 2012),          International media coverage   National media coverage 1      National media coverage 2