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January 2017 Archives

Will Trump’s presidency end DACA protections?

Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants across Illinois, Wisconsin and the United States are waiting to see what types of changes the new president will make to the nation’s immigration system. If you are among them, you may be particularly concerned with whether he will follow through on threats he made throughout his campaign to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Impacts of a DUI (Driving under the influence) on K-1 Fiancé Visa Application

You could be one of many U.S. Citizens who wished that your foreign fiancé(e) who had come to the United States on a J-1, F-1 or B-2 visa stayed in the United States, got married with you and would start an adjustment of status process to obtain a green card without leaving the United States. Your heart is broken when your foreign fiancé(e) returned to her or his home country with the expiration of a visa or completion of studies or training programs. In this case, one of popular options to bring your foreign fiancé(e) to the United States is to go through a K-1 visa process.

New National Interest Waiver (NIW) Standard under Dhanasar

NIW has been one of popular ways to obtain an employment-based green card without a job offer and labor certification process. Until December 27, 2016, NIW petitions have been evaluated by USCIS under the NYSDOT standard decided by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) in 1998. AAO'S new decision of Matter of Dhanasar vacated NYSDOT and laid out a new standard for an EB2 NIW petition. 

Strategist: Immigrants are key to finding qualified workers

The president-elect has made no secret of his desire to have businesses across Chicago and the rest of the nation employ American workers before immigrants, but one prominent financial strategist believes the nation is already facing a serious shortage of qualified, native-born workers. Per CNBC, some of the concern centers around a bill that would hinder immigrant access to H-1B visas, which are designed for foreign workers who have specialized knowledge in a given area.

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