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8 01, 2022

7 Tips for Finding The Best Immigration Lawyer in Chicago To Represent You

By |2022-01-08T11:36:06-06:00January 8th, 2022|Categories: U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

Each year, there are more than 1 million immigrants come to the United States each year. However, the process to immigrate to the United States is very complicated and taxing. You may need the help of an immigration law firm to help you through the process. Are you looking for the best immigration lawyer in Chicago? Keep reading these top tips for selecting the best Chicago immigration attorney to work with. Get Referrals One of the easiest ways to find a great immigration lawyer to work with is to ask trusted friends and acquaintances for referrals. If you know other people who [...]

31 12, 2021

Big Changes: Expedited Employment Authorizations for Healthcare Workers & Interview-less Work Visa Processing

By |2021-12-31T13:02:29-06:00December 31st, 2021|Categories: Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published December 31, 2021 Inch by inch, our government is trying to clean up various messes left behind by the Trump administration when it comes to our nation’s legal immigration system.  Whether it be neglected or poorly managed U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US DHS/CIS) service centers or understaffed U.S. consular posts abroad, too many aspects of our legal immigration system are now facing monumental, yet avoidable, delays.  Add to the mix a pandemic, and the cracks in our legal immigration system are further amplified, with significant consequences for countless numbers of U.S. employers and the hundreds of thousands [...]

19 12, 2021

Another Legalization Program That Wasn’t

By |2021-12-19T12:48:56-06:00December 19th, 2021|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published December 19, 2021 For the past 20 years, more than a few proposals to help millions of undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows have been presented for Congress’ consideration only to find their way to the waste heap.  Each time a big legalization idea is up for serious discussion, I will generally write about it, only to be forced to pen a follow up account confirming the proposal’s demise, with either of the political parties playing the role of killer. The last far reaching legalization type avenue actually enacted by Congress was Section 245(i) of the Immigration [...]

11 12, 2021

Chicago Immigration Attorney: Top Questions to Ask Before Hiring One

By |2021-12-11T14:11:31-06:00December 11th, 2021|Categories: General|

By Richard Hanus, Esq, Published December 11, 2021 Are you looking for a Chicago immigration attorney? An immigration lawyer can help you with all of your immigration needs. They are knowledgeable about the laws and regulations that govern U.S. citizenship, visas, green cards, deportation defense, naturalization and more. If you're in need of an experienced professional to represent your interests in court or before government agencies such as USCIS or ICE, it's time to find the best lawyer possible. But what questions should you ask? We've put together a list of suggestions. Keep reading to learn more. Question 1: What Are [...]

2 12, 2021

Asylum Claim of Gay Man from Mexico Rejected By U.S. Court of Appeals

By |2021-12-02T20:58:09-06:00December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Asylum in the United States, General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published December 2, 2021 Under U.S. immigration law, foreign nationals fearing return to their home country due to persecution by their home government on account of their race, religion, political belief or social group are eligible for asylum in the U.S.  In such cases it must be the home country government doing the persecuting, or a group the government is unwilling or unable to control.  If these conditions are in place, the foreign national can be granted asylum in the U.S. and placed on a path to obtain lawful permanent residence (green card) and eventually even U.S. citizenship. [...]

14 11, 2021

Dude, Where’s My EAD?

By |2021-11-14T10:36:43-06:00November 14th, 2021|Categories: Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published November 14, 2021 Next to a U.S. passport, or permanent resident card (“green card”), the Employment Authorization Document is perhaps the most valuable document issued by our immigration authorities.  A valid Employment Authorization Document, or EAD, can make or break a foreign national’s life in the U.S., providing a legal basis to work, obtain a social security number and maintain a driver’s license.  It can also impact the operations of all kinds of businesses and organizations, including the delivery of critical goods and medical services.  Unfortunately, even as a function supported by filing fees, EAD processing continues at [...]

7 11, 2021

Do You Really Need a Chicago Immigration Lawyer? Here’s How to Figure Out the Answer

By |2021-11-07T11:02:27-06:00November 7th, 2021|Categories: U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

By Richard Hanus, Esq. Many people do not appreciate how much value immigration lawyers create for individuals, families and companies looking to navigate our complex immigration system.  They help to radically transform lives and companies by helping family members and key employees move to new countries. Maybe that is why the market for immigration lawyers is worth more than $5 billion every year! Of course, there are a lot of differences between some immigration lawyers and others. You will want to find the best Chicago immigration lawyer when you need one. Not everybody realizes how big of a difference it can [...]

31 10, 2021

Battered Spouses and U.S. Immigration – 2021 Update

By |2021-10-31T09:16:23-05:00October 31st, 2021|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Family-Based Immigration Law, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

By, Richard Hanus, Esq. Published October 31, 2021 In the world of U.S. immigration law, a foreign national battered husband or wife, and sometimes child, may be eligible for special immigration benefits, including permanent resident status – and all without the cooperation of their abusive U.S. citizen or resident spouse or parent.   Indeed, foreign nationals who marry U.S. citizens or residents are often vulnerable to the whims, cruelty and even brutality of their U.S. spouse, and accordingly, Congress enacted a variety of laws aimed at protecting these foreign nationals.   The following is a summary of the legal options available to achieve […]

24 10, 2021

What to Look For in a U.S. Immigration Lawyer

By |2022-01-08T11:31:19-06:00October 24th, 2021|Categories: U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

By, Richard Hanus, Esq. You open up the mail and find a notice that your green card application is denied, or even worse, deportation proceedings are being initiated against you. What do you do now? This is when you need to contact an immigration lawyer. An immigration lawyer focuses on helping clients who are dealing with a wide variety of immigration issues. This includes benefits, citizenship, green cards, and visas. Not every incident requires legal assistance, such as when you are only visiting the United States for a short period of time. When dealing with more complex issues, hiring an immigration [...]

18 10, 2021

COVID Vaccine = Easier Entry into the U.S.

By |2021-10-18T10:11:53-05:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published October 18, 2021 U.S. immigration law is confusing enough.  Add the pandemic to the mix and the confusion increases exponentially.  When it comes to foreign national entry into the U.S., a mish mosh of COVID related restrictions have been set in place over the past 21 months both from the U.S. side as well as via foreign nation restrictions.  Factor in COVID related delays at U.S. consular posts across the world - stemming from severe staffing reductions - and international travel these days can present as an endlessly blurry picture. One component of this discussion is set to change [...]

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