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December 18, 2018
Stephen Tarnoff

USCIS Proposing Major Changes to H-1B Cap Subject Application Process

In a move that is certain to cause greater confusion for employers planning to file H-1B petitions by April 1, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a proposed rule that, if implemented, will significantly change the process...

December 04, 2018
Marjorie M. Filice

Immigration Application Denials Are at an All Time High Under Trump

According to recently released government data, the USCIS is setting new records for denying immigration benefits. Under the Trump administration, the USCIS is denying 37% more immigration applications than it denied in 2016 under the Obama administration. More than 11%...

November 19, 2018
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Partner Beata Leja Named One of Law Bulletin Media’s “40 Under Forty” Illinois Attorneys to Watch

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. is pleased to announce that our partner Beata Leja has been selected as one of the 2018 “40 Under Forty” Illinois attorneys to watch by Law Bulletin Media, the only immigration attorney honored this year and in the...

November 06, 2018
Alix Strunk

Temporary Protected Status to Continue for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, Temporarily: Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration TPS Terminations

On October 3, 2018, a federal judge in California gave hope to citizens of four countries: Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. In Ramos v. Nielsen, Federal District Court Judge Edward Chen said that the Trump Administration could not terminate temporary protected status while...

September 27, 2018
Tahreem Kalam

Talking Points for HR & Recruiters Dealing with Increased Anxiety Related to H-1B Transfers

H-1B workers are rightfully anxious these days. H-1B Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and denials are at an all-time high as a result of President Trump’s Buy American, Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. In the 1st quarter of 2017, the USCIS...

USCIS Can Now Deny Applications without an RFE or NOID

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has taken another step in making it more difficult for employers to hire and retain foreign national employees. On July 13, 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum giving immigration officers significantly more discretion to...

More People Can File Their Green Card Applications in October 2018: USCIS to Accept I-485 Applications for Employment-Based and Family-Based Categories Based on the Dates for Filing Charts

In October 2018, more individuals will be eligible to file their green card applications than before. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that for the month of October 2018, it will accept I-485 adjustment of status (i.e....

September 10, 2018
Beata Leja

USCIS Expands Premium Processing Suspension for Many H-1B Petitions, Hurting Business & Foreign Employees

On March 20, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would temporarily suspend premium processing for H-1B petitions filed toward this year’s annual H-1B cap, and anticipated that the suspension would expire on September 10, 2018....

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