Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

Gender-Neutral Passport Options Now Available
Mario A. Godoy

A new gender option is now available on passports for American citizens for Americans who identify as neither exclusively male nor female. Starting Ap...

USCIS Expands Premium Processing – And Fees
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new measures to expand premium processing and reduce the visa backlogs and wait times. The...

New Rules to Reduce Wait Times and the Immigration Backlog
Mario A. Godoy

The Biden administration announced three measures on March 29 to reduce wait times and the growing multimillion-case backlog of immigration applicatio...

USCIS Will Reopen Domestic Offices June 4
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 15 that it is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency ...

Can I File For An Inadmissibility Waiver?
Mario A. Godoy

Certain immigration violations make people ineligible for admission to the United States. In some cases, a person whose immigration application is den...

Should I File Taxes If I’m Undocumented and Don’t Have an SSN?
Mario A. Godoy

It’s tax season in the United States, and a common question is if someone is undocumented and doesn’t have a social security number, shoul...

Was Your Visa Denied During the Travel Ban? Important IV Fee Waiver News
Mario A. Godoy

The U.S. State Department will waive fees for immigrants applying for visas if they were denied a visa because of the Trump administration’s travel ...

USCIS Has A New Mission Statement
Mario A. Godoy

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new mission statement on February 9, 2022, “USCIS upholds America’s ...

USCIS Extends Work Permit Validity for Certain Immigrants
Mario A. Godoy

In order to address the backlog and delays in processing immigration applications, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the ...

US Expands Remain in Mexico Policy to Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. authorities expanded the “Remain in Mexico” policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The policy requires m...

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