Author: The Shapiro Law Group

USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Petitions

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 »

Chicago and What it Means to be a Sanctuary City

The Effect of Policy on Immigration

The most significant impact of recent policies is that the H-1B limit for the year has already been reached. Applications for 2018 were first accepted on April 3rd, 2017; less than four days later the cap of 65,000 had been reached. Additionally, the master’s cap of 20,000 has also been reached. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Affidavits of Support For Family Immigration

The Shapiro Law Group

Some immigrants who plan to move to the U.S. need affidavits of support filed with their petitions showing that another person who is either a U.S. citizen or resident agrees to financially support them if it becomes necessary. In order to submit an affidavit of support, the person must be at least age 18 and must have an income that is at least 125 percent of the federal poverty limit. There is an exception for members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are sponsoring minor children or spouses, however.

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DHS Finalizes Rules on Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas

The Shapiro Law Group

In November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rules on the employment-based, non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs available in the United States. The changes were intended to make it easier for US employers to hire foreign citizens eager to work in the country. These rules will come into effect on January 17th, 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Length of Time in the US Count for or Against Unauthorized Immigrants?

An unauthorized immigrant going through removal procedures can apply for a cancellation of removal waiver. The waiver can allow an unauthorized immigrant to remain in the United States permanently if they have lived in the country for ten years or more.

However, the length of time is not the only stipulation for the cancellation of removal. With an immigration attorney Chicago, residents can figure out how best to go about the process. Read the rest of this entry »

DAPA Program Goes Back to Court

Supreme Court, DAPA programA recent Supreme Court vote halted the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DAPA), which would de
fer deportation for more than four million immigrants. There are currently 280,000 immigrants who live in Illinois. Many have contacted the best immigration lawyer Chicago about the impact of the Supreme Court decision on their immigration status. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are Americans Working Abroad Giving Up Citizenship?

The Shapiro Law Group

Many Americans working abroad are renouncing their citizenship because of tax requirements imposed by U.S. tax laws. For Illinois residents employed overseas, an immigration lawyer in Chicago can explain tax laws that have an impact on people working in a foreign country. Read the rest of this entry »