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22 09, 2019

Appeals Filing Fee May Skyrocket; Processing Times for Chicago Area Applicants

By |2019-09-22T19:34:50-05:00September 22nd, 2019|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

Published September 22, 2019   Administration Aims to Dramatically Increase Filing Fees for Appeals In an effort that will effectively deter appeals of certain immigration decisions within the deportation court system, the Trump administration is reportedly advancing a regulation to dramatically increase the filing fees associated with such appeals. The regulatory proposal being considered would increase the current filing fee of $110.00 by 900% to a total of $975.00 in most cases. If imposed, the new filing fee will create a severe financial obstacle for a significant portion of the impacted population, a mostly vulnerable population seeking to advance their right [...]

22 09, 2019

Deferred Action Comes to an End

By |2019-09-22T19:20:47-05:00September 22nd, 2019|Categories: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., General, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published September 22, 2019 In an abrupt, yet not surprising policy decision, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it is putting a halt to a Deferred Action program that has been a part of the immigration law and prosecutorial discretion landscape for more than 4 decades.  The political reasons for this announcement are obvious, but there exists no real practical reason for the program’s termination since it’s been employed so sparingly during its life. What is Deferred Action?   It is a formal statement by the Executive Branch of our government via U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that it will not [...]

31 08, 2019

The New, Sharper Teeth of Existing Public Charge Provisions

By |2019-08-31T17:20:42-05:00August 31st, 2019|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Family-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S., United States Embassies Abroad|

Published August 31, 2019 Concerns about new immigrants becoming a “public charge” and dependent on U.S. government resources, have pretty much always been a part of our immigration related legal landscape.  Form I-864 Affidavit of Support – a document required for the final stages of nearly all family based immigration filings - is the most well known representation of this concern.  Typically U.S. based petitioning family members are required to personally guarantee that their incoming immigrant family member will not become dependent on government aid.  Notwithstanding the extent to which immigrants becoming burdens on U.S. society is an actual problem, the [...]

31 08, 2019

Richard Hanus Talks Immigration Law, Business, and Politics on Scott Becker’s Business Leadership Podcast

By |2019-08-31T17:11:04-05:00August 31st, 2019|Categories: General|

Published August 31, 2019 Richard Hanus recently appeared on the popular Scott Becker Business Leadership Podcast, discussing a myriad of topics such as practicing immigration law in the Trump era, starting his own law firm and deciding on a professional path. PUBLISHED August 31, 2019– “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2019, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois

11 08, 2019

H-1B Visas Make News in the Courts

By |2019-08-11T20:10:16-05:00August 11th, 2019|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Employment-Based Immigration Law, Foreign Exchange Student Visas to the U.S., Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

Published August 24, 2019 D.C. Federal Court Reverses H-1B Visa Petition Denial In the past week, a federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) must reverse its decision denying an H-1B visa petition filed on behalf of a data analyst by Lexis Nexis, a legal publishing company.  The court concluded that the petitioning employer, Lexis Nexis USA, presented sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the position qualified as a “specialty occupation” and thus was approvable for classification for H-1B visa status. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that US CIS [...]

25 07, 2019

Expedited Deportation for Undocumented Recent Arrivals

By |2019-07-25T12:13:18-05:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Asylum in the United States, Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), General, Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, immigration reform, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published July 24, 2019 The number of foreign nationals living in the U.S. in violation of our immigration laws is estimated to be in the area of 12 million. Whether they overstayed their visa status or entered without any visa or inspection at all, these are the individuals our society deems “undocumented”, or in some circles, “illegal aliens”.  No matter the label, the vast majority of these individuals have a right to a hearing before a judge where a variety of defenses can be considered, including cancellation of removal (for longtime undocumented residents with qualifying U.S. family) and asylum. Among the [...]

11 07, 2019

DACA’s Future Hangs in the Balance At the U.S. Supreme Court

By |2019-07-11T16:35:26-05:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Green Cards, immigration reform, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Uncategorized, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published July 11, 2019 In recent weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it has accepted several consolidated DACA related cases for consideration and in October will hear arguments about DACA’s future. Obama Giveth, Trump Seeks to Taketh Away: To review, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was instituted in 2012 by way of then President Obama’s Executive Order.  Through the DACA program, individuals who arrived in the U.S. while under the age of 16, completed high school here (or equivalent), are without any serious criminal convictions and met other requirements, became eligible to obtain a version of legal [...]

29 06, 2019

Deporting Millions, Deporting 2,000 – Same Thing

By |2019-06-29T13:40:59-05:00June 29th, 2019|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), General, Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, immigration reform, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Uncategorized, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published June 29, 2019 On June 17, 2019, President Donald Trump tweeted one of the scarier official presidential communications I have heard in my lifetime: “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people.......” Once I read this, I was trying to figure out exactly what that meant.   I know there are approximately 12 million foreign nationals residing in the U.S. [...]

20 06, 2019

As Expected – Expanded Supply of H-2B Temporary Workers Visas Is Quickly Exhausted

By |2019-06-20T17:59:29-05:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., immigration reform, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published June 20, 2019   Ask anyone who works as a manager in the manufacturing or service industries and they will tell you that it is next to impossible to find U.S. workers to fill positions, both skilled and unskilled, and even at a competitive wage.   This speaks volumes about many societal issues, including that our economy appears to be robust, and there is a shortage of workers ready, willing and able to fill positions at companies.  The latest barometer of this state of affairs is that the expanded supply of an additional 30,000 just released visas for H-2B Temporary Foreign [...]

20 06, 2019

Facing Deportation: What Do Immigration Lawyers Do And How Can They Help Me?

By |2019-06-20T05:45:24-05:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Facing Deportation: What Do Immigration Lawyers Do And How Can They Help Me?   Over the past decade, over 7 million people have gained legal citizenship in the United States. But there are countless others trying and waiting to have their dream of citizenship realized as well, and many others who have had their hopes lost in the process. Perhaps you're trying to obtain citizenship and have been surprised at the complicated, lengthy process. Maybe you've wondered if an immigration lawyer could help but asked yourself, "What do immigration lawyers do?" To learn more about immigration lawyers and how they can [...]