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November 04, 2019
Chandni Shah

The Ongoing Battle Over Health Insurance for Immigrants

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security published a final regulation that would have radically changed the way that USCIS considers certain benefits used by immigrants in determining whether they are a “public charge” and therefore not eligible...

October 29, 2019
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Diversity Visa Lottery

At noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 5, 2019, registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the “Green Card Lottery” or “Diversity Visa Lottery,” will close. This program, established by the U.S. government to encourage immigration...

October 23, 2019
Marjorie M. Filice

Impact of REAL ID on Immigrants in Illinois

After initially opposing the REAL ID law, Illinois is now providing optional REAL IDs. The REAL ID Act Passed in Congress in 2005. Illinois only started issuing compliant IDs in April 2019. REAL ID sets national standards for how people...

October 17, 2019
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Principal James Hallagan Recognized by Leading Lawyers

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. is proud to announce that our principal, James Hallagan, was once again named one of the Top 10 Family Immigration Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Magazine. James Hallagan has received this honor numerous times...

October 16, 2019
Andres Diaz Jr.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Deportation of Lawful Permanent Resident After He Was Convicted of Unlawfully Possessing Xanax

In Najera-Rodriguez v. Barr, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, held that an Illinois state conviction for possession of a controlled substance under a 720...

October 14, 2019
Anna Buskila

Immigration Consequences of Legal Marijuana Use

Illinois has become the 11th state to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. Beginning in 2020, Illinois residents over 21 will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use from licensed sellers in Illinois. According to the new...

October 04, 2019
Beata Leja

Trump announces that U.S. has granted Poland entry into the Visa Waiver Program / Trump ogłasza, że podpisał umowę dopuszczającą Polskę do Visa Waiver Program

  On October 4, 2019, President Trump announced at a news conference that he has signed an agreement admitting Poland into the Visa Waiver Program, which will allow Polish citizens to travel to the U.S. without a visa for trips...

September 23, 2019
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Attorney Aaron Lawee Joins Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan, P.C.

Minsky, McCormick and Hallagan, P.C. is proud to announce a new associate attorney has joined our firm. Aaron Lawee will focus on removal defense and family-based immigration, including family-based petitions, waivers, adjustments of status, and Naturalization applications. His practice also includes...

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