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May 24, 2019
Anna Buskila

Israeli Citizens are Finally Eligible for E-2 Treaty Investor Visa

Effective May 1, 2019, Israeli citizens are finally eligible for a Treaty Investor (E-2) visa to live and work in the United States. The E-2 visa permits Israeli citizens to start or buy business in the United States. Israelis who...

April 04, 2019
Zeena Barazanji

Illinois Streamlines Rules Enabling Immigrant Survivors of Crime to Achieve Visa Eligibility

On January 1, 2019, Illinois enacted the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES) Act. The VOICES Act sets uniform T and U Visa certification standards for all law enforcement agencies in Illinois.  Congress established the T and U Visas...

Take it from a former judge: Quotas for Immigration Judges are a Bad Idea.

On March 30th, the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions announced that Immigration Judges will now be subject to case completion quotas. This unprecedented change will be effective October 1, 2018, and starting then, immigration judges will be...

December 08, 2017
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Implement Travel Ban 3, Bar Citizens of 8 Countries

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump Administration to begin enforcing the current version of the travel ban, Executive Order 3 (“EO-3”), denying visas and entry to citizens of eight mostly Muslim-majority countries. The countries affected...

August 03, 2017
Beata Leja

President Trump Backs RAISE Act to Cut Immigration to US by 50%

While President Trump has made it a priority to curb undocumented immigrants from both coming to and remaining in the U.S. (immigration arrests shot up by 38% in 2017 over the same period in 2016), on August 2, 2017, the...

July 19, 2017
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Travel Ban Suffers Another Setback in Federal Court (Grandparents and Other Relatives May Travel to U.S., Excluded from the Ban)

On Thursday, July 13, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued an opinion that further limits the impact of President Trump’s travel ban. Last month, the Supreme Court allowed a modified travel ban to go into effect that temporarily bans the...

June 27, 2017
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Supreme Court to Hear Travel Ban Cases; U.S. Government to Partially Implement Ban on Travel from 6 Muslim-Majority Countries

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the Travel Ban cases when it reconvenes later this year, in October. The first Travel Ban (Executive Order 1) was announced on January 27, 2017, and was...

June 07, 2017
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Trump’s Executive Order to Buy American and Hire American Makes No Changes to H-1B Visa and Current Immigration Law

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to promote the policy known as Buy American and Hire American. In President Trump’s words, the order established a government policy “to aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to...

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