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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...

December 17, 2012
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Tips for Holiday Travel

Now that the holidays are in full swing, please keep the following tips in mind before traveling. Understand that you may experience increased wait times upon entry to the U.S. and plan accordingly (you can check airport and border wait...

December 06, 2012
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Releases DACA Application Statistics

On November 16, 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released data on the applications received for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The report shows the following: As of that date, 308,935 applications had been received and...


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