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, [...]
Mark the Date – October 21, 2020 – Richard Hanus Takes Your Questions In His Next Live Immigration Law Forum!
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 [...]
Published September 2, 2020 Tune in on September 17, 2020 at 7 pm CDT when I will be hosting the first of a series of live web events to address the latest U.S. immigration law issues facing individuals, families and businesses. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/633307637623680/ I will answer your questions on topics ranging from green cards, U.S. citizenship, work visas and defense in deportation/removal proceedings. Whether you are in the U.S. or overseas, in lawful status or undocumented, a U.S. citizen or non-citizen, an intending immigrant or a U.S. employer of a foreign national, this event is for you, as I will address [...]
With Filing Fees Skyrocketing in October, Now Might be the Perfect Time to Apply to Become a U.S. Citizen
Published August 26, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. As of October 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s immigration benefits arm – Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) - is set to increase filing fees on a variety of applications. Most notably, the filing fee to submit an N-400 Application for Naturalization, currently totaling $725.00, is scheduled to skyrocket to $1,170.00 when the new fee schedule takes effect. Other filing fee increases include petitions for most work visas, including for H-1B and L-1 visas, ranging from 21% to 75%, making it even more expensive for companies and foreign workers to avail of the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Another Federal Court Win For Work Visa Employers and Workers; Do We Really Want to Put Out the Unwelcome Mat for Talented Foreign Students?
Published May 28, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. Securing approval of an immigration petition filing to facilitate the employment of a foreign professional and issuance of an H-1B visa has only gotten harder over the years, especially under the current administration. But in response to lawsuits filed challenging the legality of denials of H-1B petitions for workers assigned to 3rd party work locations, the federal government has agreed to settle the dispute and essentially give in to the principal claims the plaintiff petitioning employers asserted. This outcome marks another victory in a series of recent court challenges to federal policy on work visa petitions. [...]
Published May 13, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. Update: One Year and a Federal Lawsuit Later, DHS Finally Approves 150 Pending H-1B Filings for Lab Technologists I cannot recall a time when so many federal lawsuits to compel or correct decisions by the Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/CIS) have been filed. One recent example is the lawsuit filed by Management Healthcare Systems LLC (doing business as MedPro Staffing) in the District of Columbia 3 months ago to compel DHS/CIS to finally decide over 150 visa petitions for foreign medical lab technologists. At the time of filing in February, 2020, [...]
Published April 14, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. By the end of last March, US Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services completed its selection of 85,000 lucky registrants for the H-1B visa lottery. Employers submitted a total of 275,000 electronic registrations during a 3 week period last month to claim from the supply of 85,000 visas. Except for a very small percentage of registrations now in question, the process was mainly a success. Selected registrants now have the go ahead, and a 90 day window, to file H-1B visa petitions, for workers to commence employment on October 1, 2020, the [...]