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 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 [...]

18 07, 2021

A Brief Overview of Biden’s Immigration Policy

By |2021-07-18T11:48:02-05:00July 18th, 2021|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published July 18, 2021 America is more of a salad than a melting pot. More than one million people obtained lawful permanent resident status in 2019. They came from all over the world, bringing their skills and cultures into America. The White House has framed Biden's immigration policy as facilitating that mission. They promise to help thousands of immigrants establish homes in the country. But how they will do that is a little uncertain. How has Biden reacted to Trump's immigration policies? What promises has Biden made for visas and green cards? What is the main immigration [...]

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: 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, General, 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: 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., General, 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 [...]

30 07, 2020

Uncertainty All Around For DACA and U.S. Immigration Operations In General

By |2020-11-14T12:40:15-06:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published July 30, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. The nonstop, unprecedented flow of immigration news continues, including with regard to the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision rejecting the Trump Administration’s attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order.  For certain, since the SCOTUS ruling, the Administration has waffled about DACA’s future, first making it clear it was going back to the drawing board to rescind DACA and curing the legally deficient procedures previously employed to end the program.  Then later, the President announced he wanted to find a way to make “DACA (people) happy” with [...]

16 07, 2020

10 Years Just Happened in 3 Months – An Unprecedented Volume of Immigration Law Events

By |2020-11-14T12:40:40-06:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Asylum in the United States, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, Foreign Exchange Student Visas to the U.S., Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S., Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S., United States Embassies Abroad|

Published July 16, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. In my 25+ years as an immigration lawyer, my area of practice has never been as important or relevant as it is today.  This Administration has made it this way, bringing U.S. immigration law into the spotlight as one of the bedrock issues of its campaign and presidency.   Whether it really merits this level of attention is questionable, given other more pressing problems plaguing this nation.  Loud, news attracting immigration policies are released every other day, and whether their legality is held up in court seems to be beside the point.   The policies touch on illegal immigration [...]

30 06, 2020

Supreme Court Administers CPR and Revives DACA…..For Now

By |2020-11-14T12:41:17-06:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., immigration reform, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published June 30, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – better known as DACA – was an Executive Order issued by President Obama in 2012 after our Congress was unable to agree on an appropriate answer to our nation’s “12 million undocumented” state of affairs.  Once in place, DACA allowed approximately 700,000 young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to gain legal status and employment authorization for 2 year increments and otherwise be protected from deportation.  8 years later, tens of thousands of DACA recipients are accomplished professionals, teachers, artists, business leaders and students, [...]

8 12, 2019

Trump Administration Seeking Massive Increases in Immigration Filing Fees

By |2020-05-01T13:56:14-05:00December 8th, 2019|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), 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, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S.|

Published December 8, 2019 Many prospective applicants for immigration related benefits are looking to stay a step ahead and submit their filings before a massive increase in application fees may be taking effect in coming months. More specifically, an increase in filing fees has been proposed for a wide array of applications submitted for consideration by U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services or “USCIS” (DHS’ immigration benefits division), including N-400 Application for Naturalization as well as for continued protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. According to Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli, increases are required [...]

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