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January 25, 2022
Marjorie M. Filice

New York City Grants Non-citizens the Right to Vote in Local Elections

Most non-US Citizens are not eligible to vote in any U.S Elections. Often, registering to vote, or voting, leads to an individual knowingly or unknowingly claiming to be a U.S. Citizen. Once a noncitizen falsely claims to be a U.S. citizen to obtain any benefit...

January 18, 2022
Grace Parsons

Requesting the Police Clearance Letter (“Carta de No Antecedentes Penales”) for Immigrant Visa Applicants Who Lived in Mexico – Now Available at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago

(Español abajo) As part of the process to obtain an immigrant visa to seek permanent residency in the United States, many Mexican nationals are required to obtain police clearance letters (“cartas de no antecedentes penales”) from their home state or...

January 03, 2022
Beata Leja

Consulates Will Waive Visa Interviews for Many H, L, O, P and Q Visas Until the End of 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant delays in scheduling visa interviews at all U.S. Consulates abroad. Fortunately, on December 23, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced that it will waive the in-person interview requirement for many H, L, O,...

December 21, 2021
Aaron Lawee

Immigration Court Update: Standard Filing Deadlines Returned to 15 days

The Biden administration made an important change to the immigration court process by returning the standard filing deadline to 15 days before a final hearing. This deadline refers to the number of days in advance of a hearing that a...

December 06, 2021
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)

U.S. House of Representatives passes Immigration legislation that would offer protection from deportation for millions of immigrants

The U.S. House of Representatives last month passed the “Build Back Better” social spending bill.  This bill may be the last chance to achieve reform to the nation’s immigration system before the 2022 midterm election. This bill if passed by...

October 19, 2021
Aaron Lawee

Illinois Driver’s License Renewals

We have heard reports from clients who have experienced difficulties renewing their driver’s licenses or state IDs at the Illinois Secretary of State. General Background: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois residents have struggled to get their driver’s licenses or...

July 27, 2021
Tahreem Kalam

B-2 ‘Bridge Petitions’ no longer required for Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student

On July 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student status, to also apply to change or extend...

July 19, 2021
Hon. Robert Vinikoor (Ret.)


On June 16, 2021 Attorney General Garland issued decisions vacating Matter of A-B, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) (A-B-I), Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 199 (A.G. 2021 (A-B-II), and Matter of L-E-A, 27 I&N Dec. 581 (A.G. 2019)...


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