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July 27, 2021
Tahreem Kalam

B-2 ‘Bridge Petitions’ no longer required for Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student

On July 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student status, to also apply to change or extend...

July 19, 2021
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)


On June 16, 2021 Attorney General Garland issued decisions vacating Matter of A-B, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) (A-B-I), Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 199 (A.G. 2021 (A-B-II), and Matter of L-E-A, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019)...

July 16, 2021
Beata Leja

Federal Judge in Texas Blocks DACA Again

The DACA roller coaster is unfortunately not yet over. Despite the fact that several courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, reinstated DACA last year after President Trump cancelled the program, and despite the fact that President Biden has made it a priority to create...

July 07, 2021
Pawel Boruch

Which Categories of Employment Based Visas Allow Spouses to Work

There are many types of employment-based visas. These visas allow principal applicant to legally work in the United States, with some exceptions only for the petitioning employer. The H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visas allow a non-citizen to be employed in...

June 28, 2021
Nora Salgado

USCIS Introduces New Process to Expedite Work Authorization for Immigrant Crime Victims

Undocumented individuals who have been victims of certain qualifying crimes may apply for U nonimmigrant status if they cooperate in the investigation or prosecution of that crime. Unfortunately, applicants for U nonimmigrant status (or U visas) must wait years for...

June 22, 2021
Chandni Shah

Updates to the National Interest Exception

In an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the four Presidential Proclamations, Presidential Proclamation 9984 (China); Presidential Proclamation 9992 (Iran);  Presidential Proclamation 10143 (Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa); and Presidential Proclamation 10199...

June 21, 2021
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan is proud to announce Tahreem Kalam as its newest Shareholder.

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan P.C. (MMH) partner Tahreem Kalam has joined founders James Hallagan and Margaret “Peggy” McCormick, and shareholder Beata Leja, as a shareholder in the firm. MMH was founded in 1975 by Joseph (Joe) Minsky (1928-1992). In 1986,...

June 14, 2021
Beata Leja

Employment-based Green Cards for Those with DACA

While President Biden has proposed comprehensive immigration reform and various other bills are pending in Congress to specifically provide a path to citizenship for beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), there is no way of knowing if or...

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