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December 24, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Santa Claus is coming to town…

Let’s hope he doesn’t get stopped at the border. Well known as a man of many elves, holiday cheer, candy canes, and toys, there is a lesser known side of Santa Claus:  the outlaw. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The man...

December 19, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Addresses Identity Fraud in E-Verify

On November 18th, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced a new security enhancement to its E-Verify service that will allow it to ‘lock’ Social Security numbers that appear to have been used fraudulently. The E-Verify system...

December 13, 2013
Beata Leja

Immigration Options for Foreign Children Who Have Been Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned by Parent(s)

Foreign children unfortunately sometimes find themselves in the United States without the care and support of their parent or parents. Luckily, some of these children may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, which also qualifies them to apply for...

December 05, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Holiday Travel Tips for 2013, Including Tips for Navigating the New Electronic I-94 System

When planning for your holiday travel, there are several important things to keep in mind this year as a result of the new electronic I-94 system, which was implemented by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) earlier this year. The...

November 26, 2013
Beata Leja

Government Expands Parole in Place to Spouses, Parents & Children of Veterans & Reservists

As discussed in our previous blog, for several years, the government has used a program called Parole in Place (“PIP”) to permit foreign nationals who entered the U.S. without inspection (“EWI”) and who are spouses of U.S. citizens on active...

Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Bill to be Signed into Law

Historic law to become effective on June 1, 2014 Today Illinois’ governor Pat Quinn will sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, which passed the Illinois legislature November 5, 2013. The bill is scheduled to be signed...

November 12, 2013
Stephen Tarnoff

Beware of Bringing Business Visitors to Work in the U.S.

Employers thinking they can avoid the nation’s immigration laws by bringing individuals to the U.S. on B-1 visas while actually having them take on productive work better think again before engaging in such actions. The warning comes after Bangalore, India-based...

November 08, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses (TVDL) Appointments set to begin on November 12, 2013

The Secretary of State’s Office will begin accepting appointments for the Temporary Visitors Driver’s License (TVDL) on November 12, 2013 for non-visa status applicants to begin the process of obtaining a TVDL. The new licenses will be issued starting in...

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