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New H-1B Rule Effective April 1: Here’s What You Should Know

The Shapiro Law Group

The new H-1B visa rule became effective on April 1 and it contains several changes that businesses and applicants need to understand. The rule was issued by the US Customs and Immigration Service and made changes to the H-1B visa cap and the application process. Read the rest of this entry »


Tech Companies Feeling the Impact of Tightened H-1B Policies

The Shapiro Law Group

Tech companies are suffering the biggest impacts of the tightening of H-1B visas by the Trump administration. The administration’s hardline immigration policies include trying to limit legal immigration and the government has started cracking down on H-1B visas. Read the rest of this entry »


Spouses and Fiances Could Soon Be Facing Another Immigration Hurdle

The Shapiro Law Group

Illinoisans who plan to marry foreign nationals may have a harder time getting fiance visas because the USCIS is planning to close its overseas operations. The overseas USCIS offices process fiance and marriage visa applications for people who are in foreign countries to allow them to join their loved ones in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »


Is the US Dependent on Foreign-Born Doctors?

The Shapiro Law Group

The health care system in Illinois and in the U.S. depends on foreign-born doctors who come to the country to live and work. Often times through immigration lawyers, these doctors obtain special visas that allow them to work and live in the U.S. in exchange for serving in under-served areas. Read the rest of this entry »


Unjustly Deported Nurse Returns to US: Anything Is Possible

The Shapiro Law Group

A nurse who was deported and later won back her right to return to the United States should serve as an inspiration to people seeking work visas for nurses after getting removed under harsh immigration policies. The undocumented nurse, Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, had been deported under Trump’s hardline immigration policies in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »


Make Sure Everything Is in Order When Applying for a Spouse Visa

The Shapiro Law Group

It is vital to have everything in order when applying for a spouse visa because failing to include the necessary documentation and fees could result in significant delays or denials. Petitions for spousal visas are examined more closely than other types of visa applications. Read the rest of this entry »


What You Should Know About the Visa Bulletin

The Shapiro Law Group

People in Illinois who have petitioned on behalf of their family members for family-based immigration visas need to understand the visa bulletin and how to read it. When people receive notice that their petitions on behalf of their loved ones have been approved, that does not mean that their family members can immediately move to the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »