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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...

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...

February 24, 2014
Beata Leja

Cook County, Illinois Must Immediately Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

This past Friday, a Federal Judge in Chicago ordered the Cook County Clerk to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This follows the Illinois legislature’s passage of a law permitting same-sex marriage in Illinois on November 5, 2013....

January 31, 2014
Beata Leja

USCIS Issues Positive Guidance for Review of Provisional Waivers Filed by Applicants with a Criminal History

Since March 4, 2013, certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens have been eligible to apply for an I-601A Application for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to going abroad to apply for...

December 13, 2013
Beata Leja

Immigration Options for Foreign Children Who Have Been Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned by Parent(s)

Foreign children unfortunately sometimes find themselves in the United States without the care and support of their parent or parents. Luckily, some of these children may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, which also qualifies them to apply for...

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...

October 31, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Affidavit of Support – Read the Fine Print Before Signing

One of the required forms for family sponsorship of a foreign national for lawful permanent residence in the United States is the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support. As this form is actually a binding, enforceable contract between the sponsor and...


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