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February 26, 2013
Beata Leja

U.S. Senate Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Next step: a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994, with the purpose of increasing protections for targets of violence against women—including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and...

February 19, 2013
Beata Leja

LCA Obligations for Employers Who Hire H-1Bs, H-1B1s, and E-3s

Employers who wish to sponsor foreign national employees in H-1B status (specialty occupations requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent), H-1B1 status (specialty occupations for those from Singapore and Chile), or E-3 status (specialty occupations for those from Australia),...

February 08, 2013
Beata Leja

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
Beata Leja

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
Beata Leja

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
Beata Leja

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...


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