Asylum in the United States

27 11, 2023

Being LGBTQ and Seeking Protection Under U.S. Asylum Law:  What are the Requirements?

By |2023-12-13T09:36:45-06:00November 27th, 2023|Categories: Asylum in the United States|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. November 27, 2023 When it comes to LGBTQ foreign nationals who are present in the United States and seeking the protection of our asylum laws, I have noticed 2 important trends in recent years.  First, it appears more nations across the globe are becoming increasingly inhospitable, to say the least, to members of its LGBTQ population.  Second, the United States of America continues to be among the most welcoming destinations for LGBTQ foreign nationals seeking to live openly and escape threats to their life and liberty in their home countries. In general, to be protected under U.S. [...]

23 01, 2023

U.S. Asylum and Dishonest Lawyers

By |2023-01-24T06:38:31-06:00January 23rd, 2023|Categories: Asylum in the United States|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published - January 23, 2023 People fleeing persecution in their homeland because of threats to their life or liberty and on account of their political belief, social group, race, religion or the like are eligible to seek protection in the U.S. by way of our asylum laws.  The legal standards are stringent, and most of the time, that is just half the battle.  Getting to the U.S. and having an opportunity to be heard and processed is the next challenge.  Further, once in the U.S., finding competent, honest counsel to provide legal representation is yet another hoop [...]

6 03, 2022

Ukrainians in the U.S. Get Temporary Protected Status: What is it? Does it Automatically Lead to Asylum or Green Card?

By |2022-03-06T17:00:05-06:00March 6th, 2022|Categories: General, Asylum in the United States|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published March 6, 2022 When grave humanitarian crises arise around the world, the U.S. government has the power to provide protection to citizens of impacted nations present in the U.S. by designating those foreign nationals for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  Whether the crisis is due to war, natural disaster or other extraordinary humanitarian circumstances, TPS allows foreign nationals of that country present in the U.S., and no matter their immigration status, to live and work here for a specified period. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. last week announced that Ukrainians present in the U.S. as [...]

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: General, Asylum in the United States|

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. [...]

6 04, 2021

Putting an End to Visa Bans and Blank Space Rejections

By |2021-04-06T09:53:48-05:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: General, Asylum in the United States, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B|

Published April 6, 2021 By Richard Hanus, Esq. Visa Bans:  On April 20, 2020, as it became obvious the pandemic was neither a hoax nor a societal challenge that would simply “disappear”, President Trump tweeted:  “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”   Well, immigration, in its entirety was not suspended, although the tweet was geared to present that very message to specific segments of his base.  In a set of tweets in [...]

22 02, 2021

Biden Reaches For the Stars and Starts an Important Immigration Conversation

By |2021-02-22T17:44:49-06:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: General, Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Asylum in the United States, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, immigration reform, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published February 22, 2021 By Richard Hanus, Esq. It’s been more than 20 years since our nation has enacted any significant legislation to allow our nation’s undocumented population an avenue to legalize their status.  The most recent provision,  Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, was neither simple nor straightforward.  It was potent, though, affording hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law abiding foreign nationals without immigration status a path to permanent residence (green card).  Its primary requirements included having a qualifying family member or employer to petition them along with the payment of a financial penalty for violating their status. Fast [...]

26 01, 2021

6 Big Immigration Happenings Under President Biden

By |2021-01-26T16:11:29-06:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: General, Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Asylum in the United States, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), 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, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published January 26, 2021 By Richard Hanus, Esq. Even before President Biden took office, the nonstop flow of news relating to immigration law began.  How will things be different with President Biden when it comes to immigration law and policy, especially after 4 years of the Trump administration’s harsh tone and policies?  In the past 10 days, the Biden administration has announced dozens of important immigration initiatives, some being Executive Orders taking effect immediately and without Congressional approval and others like proposed legislation, requiring Congressional approval and having no immediate impact.   Below are the 6 most far reaching of these orders [...]

14 11, 2020

The Top 5 Ways It’s a New Day for U.S. Immigration Under A Biden Administration

By |2020-11-23T10:54:57-06:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Asylum in the United States, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

Published November 14, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. In recent memory there has not been an administration as singularly focused on immigration law as President Trump's. Donald Trump ascended into office because of loud immigration rhetoric, and while in the White House, dedicated a massive effort at transforming our nation’s immigration policies impacting both illegal and legal immigration.  As to curtailing illegal immigration, although he failed to round up and deport millions of undocumented as promised, many would say his actions were largely consistent with his lofty promises and no matter their utility.  On the legal immigration side, Trump’s initiatives included [...]

9 10, 2020

In Home Stretch of Re-election Campaign, Trump Pumps Up the Volume on Deportations and H-1B Visa Restrictions

By |2020-11-14T12:37:48-06:00October 9th, 2020|Categories: Asylum in the United States, DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published October 9, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. Pecking Away At H-1B Visas:  Over the past 7 months, the Trump Administration has unleashed a deluge of measures impacting our legal immigration process, both for family based, and job based filings.   In the workplace context, it’s become significantly more complicated for employers to hire and retain foreign nationals or otherwise comply with our immigration laws.  Not only is the Administration not creating more “merit based” avenues for legal immigration as promised, it is placing unprecedented hurdles for companies and our nation to benefit from the contributions of talented and ambitious foreign national professionals.   These initiatives have [...]

24 09, 2020

How Do I Apply for a Green Card ?

By |2020-11-14T12:37:16-06:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Asylum in the United States, Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S., Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

Published September 23, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq.   How do I get a green card in the U.S.?  It’s one of the more common questions an immigration lawyer gets asked.    The answer is many layered and involves dozens of variables, but in the end there are some basic principles that the asker of this question will want to know about, and here they are.   First, what is a green card?   It’s a document evidencing a foreign national’s lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., a status allowing for pretty much unfettered lifetime of freedom to live and work in [...]

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