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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 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...

October 02, 2013
Beata Leja

Immigration Implications of Government Shutdown

As of October 1, 2013, many aspects of the United States government have shut down because Congress cannot agree on a budget for continued spending. This means that as of October 1, 2013, many government offices have closed or remain...

September 16, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Begins Customer Identity Verification for Field Office Interviews

On Monday September 9, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices began using a new verification tool, Customer Identity Verification (CIV). This process was originally to be launched in May 2013, but was delayed due to technical difficulties....

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 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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