20 02, 2022

Another week, another immigration scam story

By |2022-02-23T08:23:50-06:00February 20th, 2022|Categories: Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published February 20, 2022 As an immigration lawyer for the past 30 years, I have learned to never be surprised at the levels of creativity and deceit immigration scammers resort to in carrying out their schemes.  The promise of financial opportunity and freedom in America is the golden lure for ambitious foreign nationals seeking to make a better life for themselves and families.  The more desperate the freedom and opportunity seeker is, the more vulnerable they are to the dishonest ploy.  Unfortunately, once scammed, the unsuspecting foreign national typically takes a sizeable economic hit and is left without [...]

1 02, 2022

A Fresh, New Supply of H-1B Visas is About to Drop

By |2022-02-01T16:16:56-06:00February 1st, 2022|Categories: General, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published February 1, 2022 The H-1B work visa season will soon be upon us and it’s time to start preparing.  More specifically, starting Noon EST March 1, 2022 and through Noon EST March 18, 2022, registration for the online H-1B visa lottery opens, giving employers a chance at one of 85,000 H-1B visas and for an October 1, 2022 start date, the start of fiscal year 2023.  After the online registration period is complete, US Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) will randomly choose from the pool of entrants, which last year exceeded 309,000. [...]

6 04, 2021

Putting an End to Visa Bans and Blank Space Rejections

By |2021-04-06T09:53:48-05:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: Asylum in the United States, General, 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 [...]

7 03, 2021

It’s the Time of the Season, When Love of the H-1B Runs High

By |2021-03-07T16:08:28-06:00March 7th, 2021|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Foreign Exchange Student Visas to the U.S., General, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B|

Published March 7, 2021 By Richard Hanus, Esq. It’s H-1B work visa registration season, and by the end of this month, US Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) will have completed its selection of 85,000 lucky registrants for the H-1B visa lottery.  Starting Noon EST on March 9, 2021, the online H-1B visa registration period will open for the fiscal year 2022 - which itself starts October 1, 2021.  The registration period will last a little over two weeks, and close at Noon, EST on March 25. During this period, petitioning employers and their representatives will complete petitioner and prospective foreign worker information and submit [...]

8 01, 2021

Facebook Live Event: Save the Date – Post Inauguration Immigration Law Update and Q & A

By |2021-01-08T16:58:50-06:00January 8th, 2021|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, General, immigration reform, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation|

Published January 8, 2021 By Richard Hanus, Esq. Join us on Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm CST when we will be getting the first glimpse of any new immigration policies Joe Biden has in mind for the start of his presidency as well as his possible agenda for major immigration legislation.  Richard Hanus will discuss the immediate and near future impact a Biden presidency will have on our immigration system and how it might affect your immigration filing.  He will also provide feedback on your specific immigration law questions.  To register for the Facebook event, visit: https://fb.me/e/1WWc6eNG3 Please forward [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

23 06, 2020

A Chokehold On Legal Immigration: 6 Things to Know About the Extended Immigration Ban and Where Things are Headed

By |2020-11-14T12:42:04-06:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, Foreign Exchange Student Visas to the U.S., Green Cards, Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S., Immigrant Visas for Spouse / Fiancee / Child Visas, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, United States Embassies Abroad|

Published June 23, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. 1. The Administration says it is looking to protect or create American jobs with the latest immigration ban and eventually seek to establish a merit based immigration system.  But a close look at the Administration's actions for the past 3+ years will reveal a methodical strategy to thwart practically every process available for individuals and companies to utilize established immigration laws.  With the latest Immigration Ban/Executive Orders and other measures implemented since this Administration took office, the U.S. has sent an unmistakable signal to the world’s most talented students, future business and scientific [...]

7 06, 2020

Update: Immigration Options for Healthcare Professionals in the Age of Covid-19

By |2020-11-14T12:43:01-06:00June 7th, 2020|Categories: DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Green Cards, Immigrant Health Care Workers in the U.S., Immigration and PERM / Labor Certification, Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Workers / H-1B, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, United States Embassies Abroad|

Published June 7, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. Although the April 20, 2020 Executive Order on Immigration placed significant obstacles to immigration into the U.S., important exceptions were made for healthcare workers.  Further, the U.S. Department of State had previously announced its intention to give priority and expedited visa processing for healthcare professionals seeking to enter the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Specifically, the U.S. Department of State on March 26, 2020 issued a directive in the name of quickly increasing our nation’s capacity to better address the pandemic, encouraging eligible classes of medical professionals to reach out to the U.S. consular post processing [...]

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