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House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill: Cannabis Remains Illegal Federally
Mario A. Godoy

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a marijuana legalization bill on April 1, 2022, however, cannabis remains illegal and a federal crime. Even t...

New ICE Policy Memo on Closing Deportation Proceedings
Mario A. Godoy

A policy memo issued on April 3 that went into effect on April 25 provides guidance to ICE prosecutors to dismiss non-priority deportation cases. Unde...

Weren’t Selected in the H-1B Lottery? Consider These Alternatives
Mario A. Godoy

Each year, tens of thousands of applicants are not chosen in the annual H-1B lottery. There are 65,000 visa spots available for applicants with a bach...

Should I Disclose An Expunged Criminal History When Applying for Naturalization?
Mario A. Godoy

A criminal record can cause you problems for years – even decades – during a routine criminal background check for employment or housing, ...

Illinois Launches Free Health Care Coverage for Senior Immigrants
Mario A. Godoy

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services launched the Health Benefits for Immigrant Adults Program to provide free health care covera...

Do You Need Naturalization Materials in Accessible Formats?
Mario A. Godoy

April 15 is National American Sign Language Day, commemorating the opening of the first school for the deaf in the U.S in 1817. #NationalASLDay 2022 i...

TPS Status Granted for Cameroon
Mario A. Godoy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months on April 15, 2022. On...

Who Can Sponsor A Family Member for a Green Card?
Mario A. Godoy

A United States citizen, including naturalized citizens, can sponsor a family member for an immigrant visa to permanently enter the U.S. and receive L...

USCIS to Waive Interviews for Some Conditional Permanent Residents (CPR)
Mario A. Godoy

In an effort to expedite the immigration backlog and improve efficiency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced new guideline...

FAQs: When Does My Time As a Permanent Resident Begin?
Mario A. Godoy

If you are not a U.S. citizen, your authorized period of residency in the United States must have an official starting date and ending date. Your time...

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