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February 08, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Immigration Reform on the Horizon?

Immigration Reform appears to be on the horizon.  Following the 2012 presidential elections, prominent Republicans cited loss of Latino voters’ support as a major reason for the party’s loss and issued public statements supporting immigration reform.  Members of both parties...

January 31, 2013
Beata Leja

H-1B Season Fast Approaching!

The H-1B is one of the most common visas used to employ foreign nationals in professional occupations in the United States. April 1, 2013 is the first day to file new H-1B petitions for the 2014 fiscal year. If the...

January 25, 2013
Margaret H. ("Peggy") McCormick

ICE Audits: What to Expect in Obama’s Second Term

Worksite Enforcement has been the hallmark of immigration enforcement priorities during the Obama Administration.  The number of I-9 audits of all types of employers reached record highs in 2012 and is only likely to grow over the next four years. ...

January 18, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

State of Illinois to Issue Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses to Certain Undocumented Immigrants

On January 8, 2013, the Illinois House passed SB 957, which enables certain undocumented immigrants in Illinois to get temporary visitor driver’s licenses (TVDLs).  The bill now goes to Governor Quinn, who has supported the bill and said he will...

January 10, 2013
Stephen Tarnoff

How to Avoid Abandoning Permanent Residence

Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who return to the U.S. for a short period of time every six months in order to preserve their permanent residency status may be placing their status in jeopardy. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

January 07, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

MMHPC Attorneys Provide CLE Event on Immigration Law & Criminal Matters

Chicago-based immigration lawyers Ana Maria Echiburu and Alix Strunk of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., in their roles as chair and co-chair of their respective Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Immigration and Nationality Law Committees, have organized an event for CBA...

January 04, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Publishes Final Rule on Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence

On January 3, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published its final rule, amending the existing regulations, for provisional waivers for unlawful presence (so-called “Stateside waivers”) in the Federal Register.  The provisional waiver program...

December 26, 2012
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Announces New Fee for Immigrant Visas at Consulate

On December 13, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of February 1, 2013, it will begin to collect an additional $165 fee from individuals who have been issued immigrant visas by the U.S. Department of State...

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