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Victory at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

On April 1, 2015, the attorneys at Chicago Immigration Advocates obtained a ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversing the Board of Immigration Appeals (“Board”) and ordering that the Board review the case again in light of the errors committed by the Respondent’s previous two attorneys. Tie Xia Chen v. Holder, 782 F.3d [Read More]

President’s “Executive Action” – Advice on How to Proceed

We have some very basic advice concerning the new “Executive Action” since there is nothing to do right now, other than to begin to gather documentation.  The President’s announcement was only that, an “announcement.”  The controlling agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), needs to enact rules which control the process and documentation required.  There [Read More]

The Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) in Matter of Abdelghany (February 28, 2014) Expands Application of §212(c) Waivers to a Greater Scope of “Aggravated Felonies”.

Prior to April 24, 1996, the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) provided a §212(c) waiver for certain serious criminal convictions known under the INA as “aggravated felonies.” This date is significant because Congress passed substantial changes to the INA at that time, including replacing the §212(c) waiver with “cancellation of removal,” a more restrictive form [Read More]

USCIS Proposes to Allow Waivers to be Decided While Beneficiary Remains in U.S.

On January 6, 2012 the USCIS proposed to reduce the time that U.S. Citizens are separated from their spouses and children under certain circumstances while those family members go through the process of becoming legal immigrants to the United States. More specifically, a spouse or child would be able to apply for a waiver with [Read More]