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Family preference visas explained

For the naturalized citizens or legal permanent residents living in Chicago, their ultimate goal may be to have the remainder of their families join them in the U.S. Immigrating can be a complex legal process, yet the good news for those who already have family living in America is that they have a built-in advantage when it comes to gaining legal admission. 

TN and E Visas in danger of extinction if NAFTA dies

These are uncertain times for immigrants in Chicago and across the country. Many of them are looking to start new lives and benefit from living in the land of opportunity. However, for them to remain in the country, they must not be here illegally. Recent changes to immigration laws under President Trump’s presidency is making the path to sponsorship and citizenship more challenging for some immigrants. 

Understanding your options if your visa sponsor dies

If you have worked hard to make your way to a new country and begin a new life for both yourself and your family, chances are you have spent considerable time making sure that your affairs are in order. However, sometimes things can happen suddenly which could prevent you from being able to maintain your temporary stay or could put you at risk of being deported. At Francis Law Center, we understand the risks that immigrants face, and we have been able to help many people in Illinois to work through the process of immigration. 

What happens if I overstay on a visa?

People overstaying their visas is a situation that the authorities in the Chicago area take seriously. Here at Francis Law Center, our attorneys are aware of how immigration agencies across the country are detaining and deporting foreign nationals who are in the country unlawfully after overstaying their visas. 

My visa petition was denied. What now?

Regardless of your reason for wanting to live in Illinois or elsewhere in the United States, receiving a denial letter for your petition may feel devastating. The notification may not be the end of the road, though. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you may still receive a favorable decision through an appeal.

Why citizenship is such a valuable goal for immigrants

When people make the decision to immigrate to a new place, they are often confronted with many critical decisions regarding their future. These choices require time and careful planning to determine that leaving their home country will indeed provide better opportunities to pursue a life that is pleasant, safe and rewarding. When immigrants are interested in making a home in Illinois, they will benefit exponentially from securing citizenship and learning more about the history and governance of the United States. 

Is marriage fraud considered a crime in the U.S.?

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. 

Trump voids Temporary Protected Status for Salvadoran immigrants

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. 

Preparing yourself for a successful citizenship interview

If you have recently immigrated and are slowly acclimating to your new home, you may be well aware that the adjustment process requires time, patience and determination. Over time, you will become accustomed to the changes in your environment and the anticipation of completing your citizenship test will give you something new to look forward to. At Francis Law Center, we are experienced in helping Illinois residents to work toward achieving citizenship status and taking the next step into their exciting future. 

Common visa interview mistakes

If you or someone you love is trying to obtain a visa so that you, he or she can move to Illinois, Wisconsin or another part of the United States, you may have questions about the visa interview process, and what it entails. At Francis Law Center, we have helped many immigrants and their families navigate the visa interview, and we have a firm understanding of common errors many people make that can hinder their chances of lawfully staying in the United States.

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