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More People Can File Their Green Card Applications in October 2018: USCIS to Accept I-485 Applications for Employment-Based and Family-Based Categories Based on the Dates for Filing Charts

In October 2018, more individuals will be eligible to file their green card applications than before. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that for the month of October 2018, it will accept I-485 adjustment of status (i.e....

March 04, 2016
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: 5 Common Grounds to Show Extreme Hardship

Obtaining permanent residency is not as easy as just marrying a U.S. citizen or having U.S. citizen parents. Many such individuals still are not eligible to apply for residency inside the U.S.  For example, many individuals who unlawfully entered the...

August 05, 2015
Tahreem Kalam

Expansion to the I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility

Foreign nationals who are not eligible to adjust their status to permanent resident in the United States must travel abroad to obtain an immigrant visa. This includes individuals who have unlawfully entered the United States or have remained in the...

Proving the bona fide nature of your same-sex marriage

It has been almost two years since the U.S. Supreme Court found DOMA unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor, and opened the door for LGBT couples to be eligible for a variety of immigration benefits, including the ability to sponsor...

Many Inadmissibility Grounds Waived for SIJ Children

The rise in the number of undocumented children coming to the United States has been widely reported this year. Research shows that the cause for the dramatic increase in children traveling to the United States is the result of the...

October 24, 2014
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

DHS Announces Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program, which is scheduled to begin in early 2015. If a U.S. citizen or permanent resident has sponsored a family member in Haiti...

September 19, 2014
Beata Leja

USCIS Confirms Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples That Convert Civil Union to Marriage

We previously wrote about the immigration benefits available to same-sex couples that convert their civil unions to marriages based on the new Illinois law. Under that Illinois law, couples wishing to convert their civil unions must do so by May...

June 27, 2014
Beata Leja

Converting Civil Union to Marriage in Illinois has Immigration Benefits

With the month of June comes warmth, sunshine, the first days of summer, and in 2014… marriage equality in the state of Illinois. That’s right, as of June 1, 2014, same sex couples can legally marry in Illinois. This may...


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