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Planning for an Immigration Interview

 Posted on February 13, 2024 in Immigration

IL immigration lawyerGoing into a government office for an immigration interview can be very intimidating. However, it is a normal part of the immigration process that everyone wishing to become a naturalized citizen must go through. Knowing what to expect - and what to do - before you arrive can help you feel ready and make a good impression. While it is hard to predict exactly which questions you will or will not be asked, your Itasca, IL, immigration attorney can help you prepare for most possibilities. They may be able to sit down with you for a practice interview to make sure you know how to answer some of the questions you will probably need to answer during the real thing. As long as you are honest and polite during your interview, you will most likely do well

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When Do You Need an E Visa?

 Posted on January 18, 2024 in Immigration

Itasca immigration lawyerThe E visa is one of the most versatile and valuable visa categories if you are looking to enter the United States for business, investment, or trade purposes. There are various visas, and it is vital to make sure you are applying for the proper one. An Illinois immigration lawyer can help oversee your case and help determine the most suitable visa for you.

Coming to the United States as a Treaty Trader or Investor

One of the most common reasons to pursue visas is under the E-1 and E-2 subcategories for treaty traders and investors. The E-1 visa is meant for those engaged in substantial trade activities between their home country and the United States, such as exporting and importing goods or providing cross-border trade services.

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Removing Green Card Conditions: What to Know

 Posted on December 18, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Itasca immigration lawyerGetting green cards through marriage to American citizens still comes with attached strings. Typically, “conditional” residency applies for initial two-year periods while immigration officials watch marriages closely for legitimacy. Post-two years, foreign spouses must confirm genuine marriages by petitioning removal of conditions. Failing this mandatory next step can jeopardize your conditional residency entirely. An Illinois immigration lawyer can help you ensure you are on the right track through the process of removing the conditions.

Understand Requirements

Remember, conditionally permanent resident status and its accompanying green card only convert into non-conditional residency once immigration officials satisfy themselves regarding underlying marriage validity. Pay close attention to the 90-day widow beginning 90 days before conditional green cards expire for submitting applications. All requirements must be strictly followed, or unsalvageable immigration consequences will arise.

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When Do You Need an E Visa in Illinois?

 Posted on November 17, 2023 in Immigration

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Immigrating to the United States can be a complicated process full of visa categories and legal requirements. One type of nonimmigrant visa issued by the U.S. government is the E visa, which allows qualified treaty traders and investors to temporarily work and live in the U.S. An Illinois attorney can help you with the visa process.

What is an E Visa?

The E visa has two categories - E-1 for treaty traders and E-2 for treaty investors. The E-1 visa is meant for those engaged in substantial trade between the U.S. and the treaty country, such as international transportation of goods. The E-2 visa is geared towards those who have invested or are actively investing substantial capital in a U.S. business.

To qualify for either visa, you must be a national of a country with a treaty of trade and navigation with the U.S. There are over 90 eligible treaty countries, such as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the U.K. The company where you work must also have the treaty country's nationality.

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Steps to Take if You Are Facing Deportation in Illinois

 Posted on October 17, 2023 in Immigration

Itasca immigration lawyerBeing served a Notice to Appear for removal proceedings can be terrifying. However, working quickly alongside an attorney can help you pause or stop deportation. Fighting your case and figuring out all possible defenses takes strategic action. An Illinois lawyer can help you build a solid case to prove why you should stay in the country.

You Need Legal Representation Right Away

Contacting a lawyer right after receiving the notice will give your attorney the lead time to build the most robust case possible. Illinois has a Right to Counsel Act. They will evaluate your situation, identify any grounds to contest removal and handle communications with immigration officials on your behalf.

Gather Relevant Documentation

Work closely with your lawyer to gather documents relevant to your immigration, criminal, and personal history. This includes visas, green cards, birth certificates, marriage licenses, tax records, pay stubs, mortgages, leases, and more. Any evidence that supports your ties to the U.S. will bolster your case. Thorough documentation also helps identify potential defenses.

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How to Bring Your Foreign Spouse to Live in Illinois

 Posted on September 29, 2023 in Immigration

Itasca, IL immigration lawyerIf you are a U.S. citizen or green card holder living in Illinois who wants to bring your foreign fiancé or spouse to join you, there are specific immigration pathways for doing so. This blog will explain the process for obtaining a fiancé or spousal visa with a DuPage County, IL immigration lawyer, as well as attaining permanent resident status for your spouse once in the United States.

Obtaining a Fiancé Visa

A K-1 fiancé visa allows your foreign fiancé to enter the U.S. for the purpose of getting married to you within 90 days. Here are the steps:

  • You must file an I-129F fiancé visa petition with USCIS proving you have a genuine relationship and intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé’s arrival.

  • Once approved, your fiancé can apply for a K-1 visa at the U.S. embassy in their home country. This involves an interview, medical exam, and other screening steps.

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Debunking Common Myths About U.S. Immigration 

 Posted on August 22, 2023 in Uncategorized

DuPage County, IL immigration lawyerThe process of immigrating to the United States usually involves many complex tasks that must be completed in a specific order. A single misstep in this process could lead to delays or even a denial of someone’s visa application. As a result, it is important to understand the details of the process and to seek guidance when an applicant has questions. Otherwise, their hard work could be undone by a misunderstanding of how to apply successfully for favorable immigration status. For example, many applicants struggle unnecessarily in their application processes due to the myths outlined below.  

Myth: All/No Visas Are Subject to Quotas

Visa applicants are sometimes under the impression that there are either no restrictions on the number of visas approved annually or that there are quotas in place for every type of visa available. In reality, some visas are subject to quotas and others are not. An experienced attorney can help individual applicants to accurately assess whether the unique visa type that they are seeking is subject to limited availability or not.

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An Introduction to USCIS and Its Role in the Immigration Process

 Posted on July 19, 2023 in Immigration

DuPage County, IL immigration lawyerOptions for immigrating legally to the U.S. are numerous, yet some legal immigration statuses are far easier to secure than others. Additionally, the process of applying for any specific immigration status is complex and can take a very long time

The federal agency that most directly governs legal immigration processes in the U.S. is referred to as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is a division of the Department of Homeland Security and is known as USCIS for short. Foreign nationals who wish to secure a legal immigration status must have their application for this status approved by USCIS. Similarly, those who wish to change an existing status must petition USCIS for approval.

Facilitation and Frustration

As USCIS’s primary role is to facilitate legal immigration processes, the agency does a great deal of work to help ensure that individuals who are seeking legal immigration status for employment, familial, or persecution-based reasons have the opportunity to navigate the various application processes available to them effectively. The agency provides a great deal of free information about various immigration opportunities and requirements on its website and various online immigration tools, for example.

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What to Expect During Your Naturalization Interview

 Posted on June 22, 2023 in Immigration

DuPage County Immigration Lawyer When you have spent a long time working towards U.S. citizenship, and you finally receive a date for your naturalization interview, you may be both excited and nervous. It is normal to feel a little apprehensive about this interview. The naturalization interview is a very important step in your journey to citizenship. Knowing what to expect during the interview can help you prepare and feel more confident going in. As there can be a long wait should you need to repeat or reschedule the interview due to missing information or incomplete paperwork, it is very important to make sure that you are well-prepared the first time. An attorney can help you prepare for your interview and work to ensure that you have all the needed documentation. 

What Happens During a Naturalization Interview? 

A naturalization interview can be stressful, even if you have done everything needed to prepare yourself. A few things to expect during your naturalization interview include: 

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When Will an Immigrant Need to Remove Conditions From a Green Card?

 Posted on May 19, 2023 in Immigration

Itasca Green Card AttorneysObtaining a Green Card is a huge milestone for immigrants to the United States. A Green Card will provide a person with the ability to live and work in the U.S. permanently. However, for some immigrants, the journey does not end after a Green Card is issued. If a person receives a conditional Green Card, they will need to take action to obtain a permanent Green Card before the date that their conditional permanent residence expires. By understanding the procedures that will need to be followed to remove the conditions from a Green Card, immigrants can avoid potential issues and ensure that they will be able to continue living in the United States.

Conditional Green Card Requirements

An immigrant who is married to a U.S. citizen may have received a conditional Green Card if their marriage was less than two years old when they received authorization to enter the United States. Immigrants who come to the U.S. on a fiancé visa and spouses of U.S. citizens who receive a CR-1 visa will receive conditional Green Cards. Investors who received EB-5 visas will also be issued conditional Green Cards. A conditional Green Card will generally be valid for two years, and a person will need to apply to remove the conditions prior to the date that their Green Card expires.

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