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What is a visitor visa, and how can you get one?

If you or someone you know is foreign-born and interested in traveling to Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the United States, you may be wondering whether you may do so with a visitor visa. A visitor visa may fit your needs if you are planning to stay in the country on a temporary basis, and if you are traveling to the United States for business, pleasure, tourism or visiting others.

How can you bring your foreign fiancé or spouse to the U.S.?

If you are a legal U.S. citizen living in Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the United States, a time may come when you want to bring your foreign fiancé or spouse stateside to come live with you. The process involved in doing so varies based on several factors, among them whether the person you are looking to bring to the U.S. is, in fact, your fiancé, or your spouse.

4 possible congressional responses to DACA

Now that the current presidential administration has voted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, many immigrants like you across Illinois, Wisconsin and the rest of the United States are wondering what lies ahead. At the Francis Law Center, we closely follow developments relating to DACA, and we have helped many clients looking to come to the United States for personal, professional and educational reasons.

What criteria must you meet for a second-preference EB-2 visa?

If you or someone you love is looking to immigrate to Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the United States by way of a second-preference EB-2 visa, you may be wondering if you or that loved one meet the eligibility requirements needed to qualify. You may be able to secure this type of visa if you hold an advanced degree within your field or its equivalent, or if you are able to demonstrate an exceptional ability in the arts, business or science. You may also be able to pursue this type of visa via what is known as a National Interest Waiver.

Lawsuit filed over withholding of sanctuary city safety grants

Many immigrants across Illinois are voicing their support for the city mayor, who has sued the U.S. Department of Justice in response to its new guidelines and decisions about withholding grant money used by sanctuary cities. Per the Chicago Tribune, the lawsuit questions three specific conditions used to determine whether to issue such grants to certain cities.

What is the process for obtaining an immigrant visa?

Immigrating to the United States is a big topic right now in Illinois and across the country as reforms are being made. There is a legal process for moving to the country that must be followed to avoid future issues with deportation. If you have family that would like to come to this country, you need to follow the specific procedures outlined by the federal government.

Court rules immigrant children are entitled to court hearings

When federal authorities place immigrant children living in Illinois, Wisconsin and across the United States in detainment, those children have a right to challenge the decision and understand the reasoning behind it. So says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to NBC Chicago, which recently ruled that immigrant children who do not have parents who reside in the country still have a right to a court hearing.

Fear keeping immigrant women from reporting domestic abuse

Signs indicate that immigrant women living across Illinois and the United States are more fearful than ever when it comes to reporting that they are victims of domestic abuse, but if you are among them, you may have options. At Francis Law Center, we have helped many clients navigate these and other complex issues relating to immigration, and we may be able to do the same for you.

Supreme Court decision seeks to treat fathers and mothers equally

Many immigrant families first rely on the support of one parent working in the United States for their livelihood. Once that parent obtains citizenship, he or she can sponsor the rest of the family into the country. However, this idea can make for precarious immigration guidelines for children born of unmarried parents with mixed status.

What is a U visa?

If you are an immigrant living in Illinois, a victim of a crime and looking to apply for what is known as a U visa, you may find that local law enforcement officials are reluctant to assist you. Per the Chicago Sun, U visas, which are visas for undocumented immigrants who are victims of crimes, are routinely denied to immigrants throughout Chicago and surrounding areas.

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