If you are an immigrant in the state of Illinois, you may be curious about the process of petitioning for immigration on behalf of family members who still reside in your country of origin. While there are legally effective ways to provide your loved ones with opportunities to seek U.S. citizenship, there are also deceitful ways that could leave you in a lot of legal trouble. Marriage fraud for example, may appear as a clever method to bringing someone you love to the United States, but it is much more serious than you may realize. In fact, marriage fraud is considered a felony.
While many immigrants enter the U.S., every year seeking new opportunities, improved quality of life and shelter from dangerous exposure in their homeland, achieving citizenship is not for the weary. Acquiring citizenship status in the United States and Illinois requires time, effort and commitment to carefully following all designated protocols for approval. Recent changes to several laws under President Trump's administration has complicated this process for those seeking to make a living on U.S. soil.