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July 23, 2019
Zeena Barazanji

USCIS Scanners Reading Naturalization Applications Incorrectly

When a lawful permanent resident applies for naturalization, or U.S. citizenship, he or she must attend an interview and examination with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer at a local USCIS office. Naturalization applicants should be aware of...

July 11, 2019
Beata Leja

Trump is Planning on Rolling Back Protections for Active Duty Troops and Their Immigrant Family Members – The Time to File for Parole in Place (PIP) is NOW!

According to the Military Times, the Trump administration is currently circulating memos that will end a handful of immigration policies in place to help members of the U.S. military who have family members in the U.S. without legal status. Although...

July 09, 2019
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Partner Beata Leja Was Named One of the 2019 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois by Chicago Lawyer Magazine

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. is proud to announce that our Partner Beata Leja was named one of the 2019 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois by Chicago Lawyer Magazine. Chicago Lawyer Magazine honored her as a Leading Lawyer both in employment-based...

July 01, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Mandatory Detention

A. What is mandatory detention? On September 30, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (“IIRIRA”), which mandated detention, without release, for virtually all foreign nationals who have committed certain crimes. The...

June 21, 2019
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Department of State Has Started Collecting Social Media Information from Visa Applicants

On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, Form DS-160 and DS-260 respectively, to include questions related to social media identifiers. This update to the forms was initially announced in the Federal Register...

June 18, 2019
Tahreem Kalam

USCIS May Now Require You to Travel Long Distances for Your Green Card or Naturalization Interview

When a foreign national applies for the I-485, Adjustment of Status to Adjust Status or N-400, Application for Naturalization, he or she must attend an interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer at a local USCIS office....

June 11, 2019
Chandni Shah

Safeguarding Your Devices When Traveling Abroad

If you are traveling abroad or returning to the United States, beware, the Fourth Amendment protections against warrantless searches do not apply to your electronic devices at the border--at least not yet. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),...

May 28, 2019
Zeena Barazanji

Visa Denials Under Section 221(g) of the Immigration & Nationality Act

When a foreign national applies for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa to the United States, he or she must attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country. During the interview, a consular officer will review...

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