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12 10, 2022

COVID and the Curveballs It Throws at Immigrants

By |2022-10-13T09:22:53-05:00October 12th, 2022|Categories: Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S.|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published October 12, 2022 The COVID pandemic continues to be one giant curveball for societies across the globe.  The way we interact with one another, whether socially or for business, may never be the same.  The pandemic has also led to significant changes in our legal systems and processes, including here in the U.S. and the way our immigration system functions.   Extensive delays define the way many aspects of our system operates, a state of affairs rooted in both pandemic related factors as well as the previous  administration’s overall neglect of our legal immigration infrastructure.     To this day, many aspects of our [...]

16 04, 2022

Temporary Business Visa Requirements

By |2022-04-16T08:29:27-05:00April 16th, 2022|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S.|

Welcome to America—the land of opportunity! If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. If you've taken the risk of emigrating to America, chances are you are here for a slice of the American Dream. If your "American Dream" involves owning a business, you are going to need to learn the steps of applying for a business visa. We're going to cover everything you need to know about working with an immigration attorney to get your business visa approved. Let's get down to business! What Are You Applying For? A good place to start would be to define [...]

18 10, 2021

COVID Vaccine = Easier Entry into the U.S.

By |2021-10-18T10:11:53-05:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., General|

By:  Richard Hanus, Esq. Published October 18, 2021 U.S. immigration law is confusing enough.  Add the pandemic to the mix and the confusion increases exponentially.  When it comes to foreign national entry into the U.S., a mish mosh of COVID related restrictions have been set in place over the past 21 months both from the U.S. side as well as via foreign nation restrictions.  Factor in COVID related delays at U.S. consular posts across the world - stemming from severe staffing reductions - and international travel these days can present as an endlessly blurry picture. One component of this discussion is set to change [...]

20 12, 2020

How Much is Too Much? When Visiting the U.S. Can Be Hazardous to Your Immigration Health

By |2020-12-20T11:32:52-06:00December 20th, 2020|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., General, United States Embassies Abroad|

Published December 20, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. Approximately 80 million foreign nationals visit the U.S. annually.  They come to see family and friends, attend special celebrations, visit tourist attractions and conduct business meetings.  They enter on B-1/B-2 visitor visas issued by U.S. consular posts abroad or without visas, if they are Canadian or pursuant to the Electronic System Travel Authorization (“ESTA”) program if they are citizens of certain nations.  Two common question presented on this subject – to which there are no clear cut answers – are:  1) what is the maximum period I can remain in the U.S. for any given visit? 2) How often [...]

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 [...]

23 04, 2020

The New Executive Order on Immigration: 6 Essential Insights

By |2020-11-14T12:44:58-06:00April 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 April 22, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. 1. It was the evening of April 20, 2020 and President Trump tweeted an ominous new policy on immigration - a measure as sweeping and extreme as it gets: “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!”  To “temporarily suspend immigration” is no small undertaking, and the news came as a big surprise, including for many top governmental officials working in the immigration [...]

1 04, 2020

Covid-19 and the Latest on Immigration-Related Government Office Operations and Policies

By |2020-11-14T12:45:57-06:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Asylum in the United States, Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

Published April 1, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. I will start with the most recent events.  The first concerns removal/deportation proceedings against detained (in custody) immigrants.   Just yesterday, a variety of immigration lawyer advocacy groups, on behalf of several detained foreign nationals, filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) to put a halt to the policy of requiring attorneys and their detained clients appear in person for removal proceedings.  According to the lawsuit, the dangers associated with the outbreak of the Covid-19, especially at detention facilities and immigration court locations, put the health of [...]

19 03, 2020

U.S. Immigration Offices and Courts – Confusion, Delay and Finally Some Definite News

By |2020-11-14T12:46:22-06:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Asylum in the United States, Citizenship / Naturalization and the N-400 Application, Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Employment-Based Immigration Law, Family-Based Immigration Law, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings|

Published March 19, 2020 By: Richard Hanus, Esq. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, even a hailstorm, of information, misinformation, panic and confusion. On the most basic level, the lack of definite information about the extent of the coronavirus in general has been alarming. Of course there was and is so much we do not and could not know. On the other hand, the amount of knowable, concrete information that was not disseminated or acted upon when this crisis started to unfold was far from insignificant. Consistent with this state of affairs, the manner with which our federal government [...]

25 07, 2019

Expedited Deportation for Undocumented Recent Arrivals

By |2020-05-01T14:26:47-05:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Amnesty for Immigrants in the U.S., Asylum in the United States, Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), General, Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, immigration reform, Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published July 24, 2019 The number of foreign nationals living in the U.S. in violation of our immigration laws is estimated to be in the area of 12 million. Whether they overstayed their visa status or entered without any visa or inspection at all, these are the individuals our society deems “undocumented”, or in some circles, “illegal aliens”.  No matter the label, the vast majority of these individuals have a right to a hearing before a judge where a variety of defenses can be considered, including cancellation of removal (for longtime undocumented residents with qualifying U.S. family) and asylum. Among the [...]

29 06, 2019

Deporting Millions, Deporting 2,000 – Same Thing

By |2020-05-01T14:35:34-05:00June 29th, 2019|Categories: Customs and Border Patrol / Travel to and from the U.S., DHS / Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), General, Immigration and Criminal Law / Detainees, immigration reform, Lawful Permanent Residence in the U.S., Removal / Deportation Proceedings and Court Hearings, U.S. Immigration Law and Legislation, Uncategorized, Undocumented Immigrants and Workers in the U.S.|

Published June 29, 2019 On June 17, 2019, President Donald Trump tweeted one of the scarier official presidential communications I have heard in my lifetime: “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people.......” Once I read this, I was trying to figure out exactly what that meant.   I know there are approximately 12 million foreign nationals residing in the U.S. [...]

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