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September 12, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Illinois Becomes More Immigrant-Friendly Under Governor J.B. Pritzker

Although immigration is regulated at the federal level, states often pass laws that impact immigrants on a more local level. Since Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker took office on January 14, 2019, he has signed several measures intended to make Illinois...

August 21, 2019
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell


1. First try the ICE Online Detainee Location System (ODLS) at You can search either by Alien Number (A#) and country of birth or using biographical information (first name, last name, and country of birth). Since many people use...

August 08, 2019
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

U.S. Immigration Myths and Facts

Immigration Myth #1 Undocumented immigrants never pay taxes. The truth is that all immigrants—whether documented or undocumented, permanent residents or temporary workers—pay many forms of taxes, such as sales taxes, which are paid when purchasing clothing, groceries, and gasoline, and...

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...

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