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Effect of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on H-1B Employment

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has had extensive impact on H-1B employment, and the circumstances and policies continue to change on a daily basis. The following is a summary of the key ways that the pandemic has impacted H-1B employers and...

A New Travel Ban

In a conspicuous effort to restrict immigration to the United States under the veil of national security concerns, the Trump Administration has added six additional countries to the Travel Ban. These countries include Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, Tanzania, and...

October 23, 2019
Marjorie M. Filice

Impact of REAL ID on Immigrants in Illinois

After initially opposing the REAL ID law, Illinois is now providing optional REAL IDs. The REAL ID Act Passed in Congress in 2005. Illinois only started issuing compliant IDs in April 2019. REAL ID sets national standards for how people...

October 14, 2019
Anna Buskila

Immigration Consequences of Legal Marijuana Use

Illinois has become the 11th state to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. Beginning in 2020, Illinois residents over 21 will be able to buy marijuana for recreational use from licensed sellers in Illinois. According to the new...

September 12, 2019
Jeffrey Cohn

Illinois Becomes More Immigrant-Friendly Under Governor J.B. Pritzker

Although immigration is regulated at the federal level, states often pass laws that impact immigrants on a more local level. Since Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker took office on January 14, 2019, he has signed several measures intended to make Illinois...

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...

April 01, 2019
Tahreem Kalam

Recent Changes to Filing Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

USCIS has announced changes to the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539). This immigration application is commonly used by spouses and children in H-4 or L-2 status to change or extend their status while in the U.S. It can...

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