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Illinois Bill Takes Aim at Administration’s Immigration Policies

The Shapiro Law Group

In response to fears of a government crackdown on undocumented immigrants by the Trump administration, the Illinois senate passed a bill that would prevent police from arresting people solely based on their immigration statuses. The goal of the bill is to help instill trust between the immigrant community and the police. If it becomes law, the bill will prevent police from conducting searches or making arrests of undocumented immigrants unless they have federal criminal warrants, and it would also establish safe zones in public health care facilities, schools and secretary of state buildings. Read the rest of this entry »


USCIS Issues Redesigned Green Cards to Prevent Fraud

The Shapiro Law Group

Redesigned Green Cards with enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features are being issued to help prevent the threat of document tampering and fraud. A Chicago immigration attorney can explain the impact of these changes on Illinois citizens who are seeking permanent residency in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »


Will the Tech Industry Be Trumped By Immigration Reform?

The Shapiro Law Group

The Trump Administration could soon make it more difficult for talented immigrants to obtain tech jobs in the United States. As President Trump takes aim at technology companies throughout the nation who use H-1B visas and a variety of other business visa programs to bring skilled foreign workers into the workforce, science and technology sectors of the economy could suffer a significant blow. Read the rest of this entry »


Agricultural Industry May Be Harmed by Trump’s Hardline Immigration Approach

The Shapiro Law Group

Farmers in Illinois and across the country are afraid that the Trump administration’s hardline approach to immigration may decimate their available workforce. According to research into data from the U.S. Department of Labor by the Associated Press, as much as 46 percent of the workforce of the agricultural industry is made up of undocumented immigrants. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that increased deportations of agricultural workers could lead to substantial economic problems and result in food price increases of as much as 6 percent. Read the rest of this entry »


Can You Sponsor Your Same-Sex Partner for a Green Card in Chicago?

The Shapiro Law Group

In Illinois, same-sex unions gained legal recognition in 2014, and green card sponsorship for a foreign national came with that legal status. Despite being legal, permanent US residents often must still seek a Chicago immigration attorney to help them face the challenges that come with helping their partner obtain their green card. Read the rest of this entry »


Kushner Road Show Brings Spotlight to EB5 Visas

The Shapiro Law Group

Dubbed “the golden visa” by Chinese investors, the EB5 immigration program is taking front and center stage in light of a promotion undertaken by the family company of Trump’s top White House adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Kushner Companies has successfully motivated some of China’s wealthiest to invest in Kushner1, a U.S.-based commercial real estate project. Read the rest of this entry »


USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Petitions

The Shapiro Law Group

Premium processing has been temporarily suspended by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for all Fiscal Year ’18 H-1B petitions. Effective immediately, it is expected to last less than six months. This can impact employers whose employees wish to leave the USA during this time. Read the rest of this entry »