No matter where you have come from, being an immigrant in a new country has a unique list of challenges and risks. However, what you may not currently realize is how your experience as an immigrant can play to your advantage in the colorful world of business in Illinois. Fortunately, your experiences and the unique cultural background you have can provide you with needed competencies that other workers may not have.
It is a frightening thing these days to face deportation. The courts do not appoint public defenders to help immigrants accused of criminal activity. You are on your alone, doing battle with the U.S. government, at a time when many Americans want you gone.
An apparent technical glitch or outage affecting the U.S. State Department's Diversity Visa lottery website left countless potential immigrants applying for the 2019 visas scratching their heads. The lottery people initially opened on October 3, scheduled to run until November 7.
If you obtained a visa to travel to Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the country and stayed past the date your visa expired, you will begin to accrue unlawful presence in the United States. Essentially, this means that you will not be able to lawfully return to the country for a predetermined amount of time that varies based on how long past your visa’s expiration date you remained in the country. If you meet certain criteria, however, you may be able to obtain a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver to reenter the United States. At the Francis Law Center, we have a firm understanding of the eligibility requirements associated with this type of waiver, and we have assisted many clients navigate their paths to permanent citizenship.
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.