Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

Passport Application Backlog: Request Your Passport ASAP
Mario A. Godoy

Have you checked your passport expiration date? Applications for new and renewal of U.S. passports are backlogged for months. Even applicants who have...

US Ends COVID Test Requirement for International Air Travelers
Mario A. Godoy

On June 12, the CDC lifted its requirement for international air travelers to get a negative COVID test before entering the U.S. On Friday, June 10, 2...

Haitian Immigrant Karine Jean-Pierre Appointed New White House Press Secretary
Mario A. Godoy

Karine Jean-Pierre was named as President Joe Biden’s choice for White House Press Secretary. She is the first Black and out LGBTQ+ person to ho...

Simplified Arrival Process Expands Before Nov 8 Border Reopenings
Mario A. Godoy

During the pandemic closures, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) expanded the Simplified Arrival Process, an expedited arrival helps people coming...

Taste The Nation: Holiday Edition
Mario A. Godoy

Immigrant entrepreneur Padma Lakshmi has released a holiday version of her hit TV series, Taste the Nation, that travels to immigrant communities acro...

Updated Travel Restrictions Go Into Effect November 8
Mario A. Godoy

The CDC has updated travel restrictions that go into effect on November 8. New stricter safety protocols were announced by the government on October 2...

U.S. to Reopen Land Border to Fully Vaccinated Travelers In Early November
Mario A. Godoy

On October 12, the U.S. announced it will be reopening the Southern and Northern land borders to fully vaccinated nonessential travelers in early Nove...

US Is Lifting Some Travel Restrictions In Early November
Mario A. Godoy

The United States announced on September 20 that it is lifting Covid-related travel restrictions for 33 countries in early November: • will lift the...

US Courts Can’t Review USCIS Decisions
Mario A. Godoy

On July 20 the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the courts can’t review USCIS decisions. An Indian citizen whose immigrant work...

Mexico and Canada Borders to Stay Closed Through August 21
Mario A. Godoy

The United States announced that the U.S. will extend the Mexico and Canada border closure and restrict the entry of non-essential workers from Mexico...

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