Some of the most common avenues for immigration involve sponsorship by a person who is already living in the United States. Family-based immigration allows U.S. citizens or permanent residents with valid Green Cards to sponsor family members for immigrant visas. However, certain types of visas are also available that will allow U.S. citizens to establish family relationships and provide others with immigration benefits. Fiancé visas are one common way of doing so, and this type of visa will provide a foreign-born person with the right to enter the United States for the purpose of getting married to a U.S citizen.
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been devastating for people in the country, as well as Ukrainian citizens around the world. The U.N. is estimating that around 6.5 million people have been displaced from their homes inside Ukraine, and another 3.2 million have fled from the country. Because of the dangerous conditions in Ukraine, refugees who have fled the country are looking to ensure that they will be protected from harm, and Ukrainian citizens will likely want to avoid being forced to return to the country while the war is ongoing. Those who are looking to enter the United States or
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Immigrants who are looking to come to the United States or those who are already in the country and are seeking permanent resident status will need to meet many different requirements. The process of applying for a visa or Green Card can be complicated, and there are a variety of factors that may affect a person’s ability to enter or remain in the country. Claims that a person has committed marriage fraud can play a significant role in immigration cases, and immigrants and their family members will need to understand when these issues may arise and how they may be
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For immigrants living in the United States, the threat of deportation is a significant concern. After a person has established a life for themselves and their family members in the U.S., being forced to leave the country is likely to cause significant hardship. Fortunately, those who are facing deportation may have options, and in some cases, a person may be able to apply for cancellation of removal. If a person meets certain requirements, deportation proceedings may be ended, and they will be allowed to remain in the United States.
Eligibility for Cancellation of Removal
The requirements for qualifying for
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There are many situations where people living in the United States may want to sponsor their loved ones for family-based immigration. A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident with a valid Green Card may provide sponsorship for multiple different family members, including a spouse, children, parents, or siblings. However, when doing so, a person will need to meet certain requirements, including making a commitment to provide financial support for those who will be coming to the U.S. By understanding their obligations when sponsoring one or more family members for immigration, a person can avoid potential issues and ensure
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Immigrants who are hoping to live in the United States and those who are already present in the country may encounter a variety of issues that will affect their legal status and their ability to obtain the necessary visas or Green Cards. One issue that may arise during the immigration process involves inadmissibility, in which immigration officials determine that a person is not eligible to enter the U.S. Fortunately, this will not necessarily prevent a person from immigrating to the United States, and waivers of inadmissibility may be available in certain situations.
Applying for Waivers of Inadmissibility
While there are
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There are many different types of issues that can affect a person’s legal status as an immigrant to the United States. People who have entered the U.S. on an immigrant or non-immigrant visa or who have received a Green Card through adjustment of status may face deportation based on a number of factors, including certain types of criminal convictions. An experienced immigration attorney can help immigrants understand the types of convictions that may cause a person to be deported and the options for addressing these issues.
What Types of Crimes Make a Person Deportable?
Immigration laws are meant to
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Earlier this year, Illinois lawmakers passed, and the governor signed into law, the Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today (SAFE-T Act). The act was a major overhaul of the Illinois criminal justice system. Many of these changes focused on policing and what law enforcement officers are allowed and not allowed to do. There were also changes made to arrest, detention, sentencing, and incarceration laws. The majority of the SAFE-T Act went into effect in July; however, some changes will not go into effect until a later date. The following is a brief overview of some of these changes.
Arrest and
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A recent decision by a Texas federal judge has dealt a blow to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the United States, which currently provides protection for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. With the judge’s ruling that the program is illegal, the program will no longer be accepting new applicants, and the status of those who are currently in the program could also come into question.
The DACA Program
In 2012, then-President Obama created the DACA program in order to provide a reprieve from deportation for undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. Many
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Illinois and the rest of the country are gradually returning to “normal” after 15 months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. One area that is preparing for that return is the Illinois criminal court system. When the pandemic hit and the state began shutting down, the Illinois Supreme Court entered blanket orders tolling speedy trials on all criminal cases. Last week, the court put out the “open sign” for all courts, issuing two orders that lift tolling on statutory time restrictions and relax or eliminate social distancing requirements. However, these new orders are leaving the courts themselves facing an avalanche
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Summer is here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the sun than with your favorite artist or band. This summer will be jam-packed with music festivals all over the United States. We’re here to keep you updated on everything you need to know about your favorite foreign artist, and whether they’ll be able to play this summer. Find out which foreign artists will be rocking the stage, information for traveling fans, and the most updated CDC guidelines so you can be fully prepared for your festival experience.

Your favorite artist just might be traveling to the U.S. for a
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This week, we read about a new policy that restores the path to asylum for survivors of violence. We also learned about the Senate Democrats’ plan for immigration reform, and a new House bill that would allow special visas for Afghans who worked for the U.S. government.The Justice Department Overturns Policy That Limited Asylum For Survivors Of ViolenceThis Wednesday, The Department of Justice (DOJ) overturned policies from the Trump administration that impacted asylum seekers. Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated (or set aside) two Trump-era rulings to help restore asylum for survivors of domestic violence and gang violence.”It will
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Since 2012, “What’s going on with DACA?” has been a $1,000,000 question. The Obama administration created DACA to give some relief to young undocumented immigrants. DACA was supposed to be a temporary fix while Congress came up with a more permanent solution, but that hasn’t happened yet.It’s no secret that DACA has had a very complicated legal history. There are still lawsuits that may threaten the future of the DACA program. For right now, DACA gives certain young immigrants a work permit. DACA also gives them temporary protection from deportation. DACA is valid for two years per application.Under the Trump
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This week, we read about the damage of the public charge rule and the impact of deportation on Guatemalan nationals. To stay updated on all things immigration, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook!1. Low-Income US Immigrant Families Avoided Benefits During Pandemic Over Immigration Fears, Study Finds — Wednesday, May 26In 2020, over 25% of low-income immigrant families did not seek help during the pandemic. They were afraid that it would have a negative impact on their status. The number was even higher (43.9%) among families with non-permanent resident adults. These statistics show the legacy of the public charge
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In January, the Biden administration announced plans for the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 with the goal of implementing significant immigration reform. The bill was formally introduced in both the House and the Senate in February and is currently working its way through the legislative process in both chambers. The bill contains hundreds of pages of legalese, as most congressional bills do. The goal of the bill is much more direct: “To provide an earned path to citizenship, to address the root causes of migration and responsibly manage the southern border, and to reform the immigrant visa system, and for
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This week, Dreamers met with President Biden in the White House, just as another poll came out showing majority public support for providing a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. We also saw a reversal of a Trump-era policy that restricted citizenship rights for children born abroad to U.S. couples through assisted reproductive technology (ART).To stay updated on all things immigration, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook!1. Biden meets with ‘Dreamers’ in the White House to push pathway to citizenship – Tuesday, May 15President Biden met last Friday with 6 DACA recipients in the White House.
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