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February 19, 2024
Grace Parsons

How Do I Check the Status of My Case Pending with USCIS?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that adjudicates various immigration petitions and applications. While many immigration processes also involve separate steps with other agencies - such as the Department of State,...

February 16, 2024
Chandni Shah

Deferred Enforced Departure Granted for Palestinians Amidst Deteriorating Humanitarian Conditions in Gaza

In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Palestine, and primarily in Gaza, President Biden has authorized deferred enforced departure (DED) for certain Palestinians in the United States.  The memorandum, released on February 14, 2024, grants deferral of removal and...

February 16, 2024
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan Celebrates 49 Years Practicing Immigration Law

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. (MMH) is celebrating its 49th anniversary on February 18, 2024.  The firm was founded in 1975 by Joseph (Joe) Minsky (1928-1992). Partners Margaret (Peggy) McCormick and  James (Jim) Hallagan merged with his firm years late...

February 15, 2024
Courtney Wachal

Should I File an NIW Petition instead of Filing a PERM? Assessing the Pros and Cons of Each Option

Since President Biden’s executive order on artificial intelligence was released, many are wondering whether filing a national interest waiver (NIW) petition or filing a PERM (labor certification) application is the best option. To help determine which option is the best...

February 05, 2024
Amanda Rizzo

USCIS Is Increasing Filing Fees and Premium Processing Timelines on April 1, 2024

On January 30, 2024, USCIS published a final rule to adjust its filing fees, stating in a press release that “the current fee schedule falls far short in recovering the full cost of agency operations, including the necessary expansion of...

January 31, 2024
Anna Buskila

Biden Extends and Redesignates TPS to Syrian Nationals in the U.S. Since January 25, 2024

On January 26, 2024, the Biden administration announced it is extending and redesignating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions. This extension allows Syrian nationals with already approved TPS to extend...

January 31, 2024
Beata Leja

It’s Time for the H-1B Lottery & New Rule Promises to Improve Odds of Selection This Year!

It is that time of the year again where U.S. employers consider which of their current or prospective employees should be registered towards the FY2025 H-1B lottery occurring in March 2024. Unlike previous years, USCIS just announced a new beneficiary...

January 24, 2024
Anna Buskila

Should I switch from U4U to TPS?

Since the Biden administration announced the extension and redesignation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on August 18, 2023, we have been receiving questions regarding pros and cons of switching to TPS from Uniting for Ukraine (U4U). Spoiler alert: we recommend...

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