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Victory! USCIS Fee Increase Rule is Temporarily Blocked by Court Order!

Immigrants and their advocates have a lot to celebrate today. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California temporarily blocked the implementation of the USCIS’s fee increase rule on September 29, 2020, just days before the fees...

August 24, 2020
Marjorie M. Filice

REAL ID Enforcement Delayed Due to COVID-19

With the new REAL ID requirements set to go into effect October 1, 2020, the government decided to extend the enforcement for 1 year due to COVID-19. The current deadline for REAL ID is October 1, 2021, although some groups...

April 23, 2020
Beata Leja

Summary of Trump’s Executive Order to Suspend Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Mostly Smoke and Mirrors

On April 20, 2020, President Trump announced via Twitter his intention to “suspend all immigration” into the U.S., causing panic amongst immigrants, their families and their employers. The actual executive order titled Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk...

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...

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