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11 10, 2021

4 Things to Know About Immigration Law

By |2021-10-11T19:23:06-05:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees|

By, Richard Hanus, Esq. Almost 45 million people immigrated to the United States in 2019. For reference, the total population of the United States is about 320 million. 45 million is quite a large number, but the reality is that immigration is beginning to slow. While it's still increasing overall, the rate of increase is slowing, and we may very eventually see a decline. Changes to our immigration laws over time will also influence the immigration rate, and its impact will depend on the nature of such changes, whether restrictive or forgiving.   Here are some of basic facts about immigrants and [...]

4 10, 2021

The Biden Administration Rolls Out a New Approach to DACA

By |2021-10-05T06:53:45-05:00October 4th, 2021|Categories: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published October 4, 2021 For the past decade, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has given more than 700,000 undocumented young adults a chance at a normal life, albeit only in renewable, 2 year increments.  Since its inception though, DACA has been the subject of contentious political feuding and dozens of federal court challenges.  In the past week, as Congress squabbles endlessly over pending infrastructure and budget bills (which include ambitious immigration proposals), the Biden Administration presented a new, regulation based, approach toward ensuring DACA applicants will continue to have a future in the U.S. As [...]

26 09, 2021

Legal Services Offered by U.S. Immigration Lawyers

By |2021-09-27T08:42:58-05:00September 26th, 2021|Categories: Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas|

By Richard Hanus Published September 26, 2021 Twenty-six percent of the United States' population is made up of immigrants from other countries, totaling approximately  85.7 million people .  Furthermore, based on recent trends - including world politics and economics - the popularity of the U.S. as an immigration destination will only increase in the immediate future. For immigrants residing in the U.S., both in legal and undocumented status, there is only reason to believe such individuals will want to continue their residence here, due to politics, economic opportunities, social status, religion, or even gender, and the limitations their home countries place [...]

19 09, 2021

The Latest on I-751 Receipts and DHS/CIS COVID Vaccine Requirements

By |2021-09-20T07:47:40-05:00September 19th, 2021|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published September 19, 2021 I-751 Receipts Now Feature a 24 month Extension of Resident Status Foreign nationals obtaining lawful permanent resident status, also known as a “green card”, based on a recent marriage are accorded a 2 year conditional resident card – a process that is among the most popular U.S. immigration avenues.  The process of renewing the 2 year card involves the filing of an I-751 Petition to Remove Conditional Basis of Residence and in recent years the processing time for such filings have skyrocketed.  To address this reality, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/CIS) now [...]

7 09, 2021

Best Immigration Law Firms: What to Look For

By |2021-09-07T07:27:38-05:00September 7th, 2021|Categories: General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published September 7, 2021 Are you or a loved one in need of an attorney to assist you with a United States immigration matter? Are you among the more than 800,000 immigrants looking to apply for naturalization in the country each year? Whether you are applying for U.S. permanent residence or naturalization, seeking asylum, or attempting to obtain a temporary U.S. visa, you need an experienced immigration lawyer on your side. Read on to learn about what to look for in the best immigration law firms! U.S. Immigration Specialization The top immigration law firms are the ones [...]

29 08, 2021

No Covid-19 Vaccination, No Green Card: New Requirement for Adjustment of Status Applicants

By |2021-08-29T12:40:36-05:00August 29th, 2021|Categories: General, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S.|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published August 29, 2021 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced it now classifies COVID-19 as a “Class A inadmissible condition”, and applicants present in the U.S. seeking to adjust status to lawful permanent resident (green card) will soon be required to provide proof of vaccination.  The COVID 19 vaccine requirement goes into effect for immigration related medical exams performed on or after October 1, 2021, adding to the list of other vaccination requirements applicants must comply with, including for mumps, measles, rubella, and hepatitis A and B. An effective date has yet to be imposed for overseas [...]

22 08, 2021

How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

By |2021-08-22T09:44:00-05:00August 22nd, 2021|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published August 22, 2021 Are you thinking about applying for U.S. citizenship? You're far from alone. The United States has long been recognized as a country that boasts plenty of opportunities and as a safe place for families to grow and thrive. That said, the process required to get into the United States has many legal requirements before you're admitted into the country as a citizen. If you don't know what you're getting into, you could quickly get yourself confused during the process. Luckily, this process becomes much easier when you know what to expect. This helpful [...]

10 08, 2021

2021 Update – Marriage Based Green Card Interview Horror Stories

By |2021-08-10T11:12:10-05:00August 10th, 2021|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published August 10, 2021 Question: Which travels quicker – good news or bad news?  Bad news, of course.  “Train Wrecks” are exciting, interesting, sensational and satisfying.  Yep, train wrecks sell! For instance – in the U.S. government realm, when was the last time you heard about how great the U.S. postal system, or any government agency, was working?  And those green card interview stories, where marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is involved!  Everyone has heard about them – either from their friends or acquaintances, the movie “Green Card”, or simply by surfing the internet and coming […]

2 08, 2021

The Grounds for Deportation From the United States

By |2021-08-02T07:09:42-05:00August 2nd, 2021|Categories: U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published August 2, 2021 In 2018, over 300,000 immigrants were deported from the United States. While the U.S. houses millions of immigrants, there are plenty of ways the government can deem your status illegal and seek to send you back to your home country. Understanding grounds for deportation is crucial to gaining insight into ways a foreign national, non-U.S. citizent's future in the U.S. might be vulnerable, and in ways one would never think of . But what are those grounds? What are the typical reasons for deportation? That's what we're here to look at today. Read [...]

26 07, 2021

With Another Pause in the Program, Will DACA Immigrants Ever Find Peace?

By |2021-07-26T21:04:24-05:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published July 26, 2021 It’s been almost 10 years since our nation put into action an initiative known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or “DACA” to allow undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to have a morsel of immigration status.  This morsel came in the form of a 2 year, renewable employment authorization document and a shield from being deported.  After various stops and starts in the meantime, the DACA rollercoaster once again came to a stop last week for thousands of first time applicants who were advised that their process must be put on hold.   As has [...]

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