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August 22, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Announces Temporary Relief Measures for Nationals of Certain Countries Affected by the Ebola Outbreak

On Friday, August 15, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would extend certain immigration related relief to nationals of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone who are currently in the U.S. It is worth noting that USCIS...

July 24, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Issues New Guidance on Medical Exams

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the governmental agency that receives and decides applications for permanent residency and citizenship, among others, has released new guidance on its policies relating to medical exams. The policy alert was released by USCIS on...

July 01, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

President Obama to Take Executive Action on Immigration

Efforts to Address Humanitarian Situation of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors in Southern Texas at Forefront of Proposed Actions On June 30, President Obama announced he will take executive action to address “our broken immigration system,” as Congress has failed to pass...

May 23, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Releases Training Materials for Applications and Procedures Relating to Same-sex Marriage

On May 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released training materials related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor to strike down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. The American Immigration Lawyers...

May 13, 2014
Stephen Tarnoff

DHS Proposes Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Employees

In what would be a significant change to regulations, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing that spouses of employees in H-1B status be permitted to work in certain circumstances. The proposal is not a blanket grant of work...

March 14, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Visa Waiver Program Overview & Associated Adjustment of Status Issues

The Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”) allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa, provided certain requirements are met. This saves many travelers from the headache of applying for a B-1/B-2...

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...

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