DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

13 05, 2024

Adventures in Navigating the New Filing Fee Schedule: Green Card Marriage Applicants

By |2024-05-13T20:22:42-05:00May 13th, 2024|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. May 5, 2024 Even for me, a 30-year immigration law veteran, the new US Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) filing fee schedule can present a menacing head ache.    In so many contexts, whether for an H-1B work visa petition, or a marriage based adjustment of status (Green Card) filing, the process of selecting the proper fee can be overwhelming, especially when the US CIS website user experience features a multi-link labyrinth of sub appendixes and fee lists. Below is just one scenario where applicants are presented with a mind numbing set of options – [...]

31 01, 2024

Everyone’s Talking About H-1B Visas, Lottery Registration and US CIS Filing Fee Increases

By |2024-01-31T18:32:16-06:00January 31st, 2024|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By: Richard Hanus, Esq. January 31, 2024 It’s always around Thanksgiving when chatter starts swirling about when the next chance to obtain an H-1B work visa will happen.  A couple months later employers and their prospective H-1B workers get news that the H-1B visa lottery registration is a few weeks away and that parties need to put the pieces in place to avail of the process.  With this week’s announcement of the upcoming H-1B visa lottery registration, we are officially at “put the pieces in place” time.   Specifically, starting on March 6, 2024 at noon EST and through March 22, 2024 [...]

8 09, 2023

The Case of NY’s Marie Eiffel Market and How Abused Foreign Workers Have Recourse

By |2023-09-09T06:47:56-05:00September 8th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. September 8, 2023 A foreign national who obtains a U.S. work visa or otherwise enters the U.S. to fill a job can be particularly vulnerable to employer abuse, especially if that worker is desperate to make the U.S. their home and has few, if any, visa options to choose from to remain here.  The good news is that foreign national victims of employer abuse have rights, including to press criminal charges, seek financial damages and even commence a legal process to secure their U.S. immigration status.  One recent example is the case of eight foreign seasonal workers [...]

20 07, 2023

What Qualities to Look for in Chicago Immigration Lawyers

By |2023-07-20T08:41:52-05:00July 20th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

The barriers to gaining a green card or citizenship in the United States are significant. On average, there are nearly four million people waiting for a quarter-of-a-million green cards in any given year. An immigration attorney can often improve applicant's chances for remaining in the United States, no matter the context. Are you looking for reputable Chicago immigration lawyers? In this article, we'll cover how to find the best immigration lawyer in Chicago by covering important qualities and traits that you should look for. Check Referrals One of the top ways to find an immigration law office in Chicago, IL, is by [...]

29 05, 2023

11 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Immigration Law Firm in Chicago

By |2023-05-29T08:28:35-05:00May 29th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

In 2021, 13.6 % of the U.S. population was born in a foreign country. That means that a large number of people require the help of an immigration attorney. But finding the right immigration law firm is a challenging task. With laws and regulations constantly changing, it's essential to find an experienced legal team that understands your unique needs as an immigrant in Chicago. Whether you are seeking a visa, permanent resident status (Green Card), citizenship, or asylum in the United States, choosing the right law firm will make all the difference in achieving your goals. This blog post aims to [...]

19 03, 2023

Immigrants Have One Less Reason To Visit a CIS Office

By |2023-03-19T16:49:48-05:00March 19th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. March 19, 2023 Ask any user of the U.S. immigration system and they will tell you that there are not many things more frustrating than trying to obtain case status or general information by way of a call to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (CIS) 1-800 Customer Service line. The challenging user experience is made even worse when you seek to arrange an in-person appointment at a local US CIS Field Office - also known as INFOPASS appointment. This week, CIS announced implementation of a new policy to make life easier for U.S. permanent residents seeking proof [...]

5 02, 2023

Recent Immigration Policy: A Painful Acknowledgement of How Bad the Delays Have Gotten

By |2023-02-06T07:24:28-06:00February 5th, 2023|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published – February 5, 2023 If you are a foreign national living in the U.S. trying to renew your Permanent Resident Card (aka “Green Card”) or Employment Authorization Document (EAD), chances are you are all too familiar with the extreme processing delays now plaguing our nation’s immigration system.  Even sadder is that in so many ways, these delays were avoidable given that the rules governing eligibility and the processes at issue are not that complicated.  The 1-2 year delays that have built up are the outgrowth of the COVID pandemic as well as the previous administration’s neglect of [...]

30 10, 2022

Citizenship Filings Processed at Lightning Speed and Other Immigration Law News

By |2022-10-30T16:33:36-05:00October 30th, 2022|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published October 30, 2022 Processing times for N-400 applications Lawful permanent residents living in the Chicago area and across the U.S. are seeing their applications for U.S. citizenship processed at record pace.  For my clients across Illinois and Northwest Indiana filing N-400 Applications for Naturalization, we are seeing a total processing time of just 4-5 months – with applicants waiting 90 -120 days for interview scheduling and another 30 days or so for the scheduling of citizenship oath ceremonies. It is anyone’s guess as to why U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) is making citizenship processing a priority, [...]

20 03, 2022

Where to Find an Immigration Lawyer in Chicago

By |2022-03-20T09:35:32-05:00March 20th, 2022|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

Despite the pandemic, the number of immigrants looking to make the U.S. their home has reached a 21-year high. Have you recently traveled to America? Are you hoping to apply for citizenship or remain in the country on a student or work visa? If so, it's in your best interests to consult with an immigration lawyer. After all, anti-immigrant rhetoric has been on the rise over the past several years. The last thing you want to do is end up on the wrong side of the law due to not understanding it. Read on to learn exactly where to find an [...]

17 05, 2021

Reversal of Bad Immigration Policy Just Quietly Happened and the Consequences for Immigrants and Their Employers are Huge

By |2021-05-17T13:26:29-05:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: General, DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published May 17, 2021 Attaining lawful permanent resident (Green Card) status by way of a job offer and one’s advanced education and/or experience is among the most obstacle ridden processes on our nation’s immigration benefits menu.  There are countless ways the process can fail, whether the worker is abroad waiting to obtain an immigrant visa from a U.S. consular post or even more so, when the applicant is in the U.S. on a temporary visa and looking to “adjust” their status to permanent resident. The latter category of applicants and their employers received extraordinarily good news in recent [...]

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