31 12, 2021

Big Changes: Expedited Employment Authorizations for Healthcare Workers & Interview-less Work Visa Processing

By |2021-12-31T13:02:29-06:00December 31st, 2021|Categories: Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published December 31, 2021 Inch by inch, our government is trying to clean up various messes left behind by the Trump administration when it comes to our nation’s legal immigration system.  Whether it be neglected or poorly managed U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US DHS/CIS) service centers or understaffed U.S. consular posts abroad, too many aspects of our legal immigration system are now facing monumental, yet avoidable, delays.  Add to the mix a pandemic, and the cracks in our legal immigration system are further amplified, with significant consequences for countless numbers of U.S. employers and the hundreds of thousands [...]

14 11, 2021

Dude, Where’s My EAD?

By |2021-11-14T10:36:43-06:00November 14th, 2021|Categories: Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published November 14, 2021 Next to a U.S. passport, or permanent resident card (“green card”), the Employment Authorization Document is perhaps the most valuable document issued by our immigration authorities.  A valid Employment Authorization Document, or EAD, can make or break a foreign national’s life in the U.S., providing a legal basis to work, obtain a social security number and maintain a driver’s license.  It can also impact the operations of all kinds of businesses and organizations, including the delivery of critical goods and medical services.  Unfortunately, even as a function supported by filing fees, EAD processing continues at [...]

31 10, 2021

Battered Spouses and U.S. Immigration – 2021 Update

By |2021-10-31T09:16:23-05:00October 31st, 2021|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Family-Based Immigration Law, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

By, Richard Hanus, Esq. Published October 31, 2021 In the world of U.S. immigration law, a foreign national battered husband or wife, and sometimes child, may be eligible for special immigration benefits, including permanent resident status – and all without the cooperation of their abusive U.S. citizen or resident spouse or parent.   Indeed, foreign nationals who marry U.S. citizens or residents are often vulnerable to the whims, cruelty and even brutality of their U.S. spouse, and accordingly, Congress enacted a variety of laws aimed at protecting these foreign nationals.   The following is a summary of the legal options available to achieve […]

27 06, 2021

Life is About to Get Better For Pending “U” Victim Visa Applicants

By |2021-06-27T11:17:26-05:00June 27th, 2021|Categories: Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published June 27, 2021 Undocumented foreign nationals in the U.S. who have been the victim of certain types of crimes have a potent option in the U visa to legalize their status and eventually attain U.S. permanent residence (green card) and even citizenship.  Now that option is even more powerful as a recently announced policy will allow applicants to have a chance to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) – allowing for lawful employment while waiting out the current 5 year processing backlog. The U visa was created by our Congress in 2000 with the idea that victims [...]

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 [...]

9 11, 2020

How To Get A Green Card Through Marriage

By |2021-01-04T09:48:13-06:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Conditional Permanent Residence Based on Marriage, DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment Authorization / Work Cards in the U.S., Family-Based Immigration Law, General, Green Cards, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S.|

Published November 9, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. Obtaining lawful permanent residence, or green card status, by way of a genuine, bona fide marriage to a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident is one of the more commonly used processes under U.S. immigration law. Much of the time processing of a marriage based filing remains straightforward, although a number of factors can complicate things, such as sudden changes in the law or questions surrounding the sincerity of the marriage. Other complicating circumstances include an applicant’s history of previous immigration violations or even criminal offenses. Below is a discussion of: a) [...]

3 11, 2020

Save the Date – Facebook Live Event – Post Election Immigration Law Coverage and Q & A

By |2020-11-03T19:45:34-06:00November 3rd, 2020|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, Family-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, immigration reform, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S.|

Published November 3, 2020 Save the Date - November 23, 2020, 7:30 pm CST - when Richard Hanus will break down how the outcome of the presidential election impacts our nation’s immigration law landscape.  Richard will also entertain all of your questions and provide practical feedback and insight.  We look forward to your participation at this live event at: https://fb.me/e/285dn9Pmo.   Please forward your questions in advance to [email protected] or through our website contact form  https://www.usavisacounsel.com/contact OR on the day of and we will include your question for discussion. During our October event, Richard provided feedback on a wide variety of questions and topics, [...]

5 10, 2020

Mark the Date – October 21, 2020 – Richard Hanus Takes Your Questions In His Next Live Immigration Law Forum!

By |2020-10-05T21:16:20-05:00October 5th, 2020|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, Family-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, immigration reform, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S.|

Published October 5, 2020 Richard Hanus will shed light on all of your simple and complex immigration law questions.  October 21, 2020 is the date and you can participate in this live event at : https://fb.me/e/4pPLlRbfg Submit your questions during the event on October 21, or in advance to [email protected] or through our website contact form  https://www.usavisacounsel.com/contact and Richard will do his best to incorporate discussion on your question. At our last session, Richard provided insight on questions involving:  Family based immigration and the nuances of priority dates and the Dept. of State Visa Bulletin,  Employment based immigration and how to obtain a visa based [...]

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