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Managing stress related to family immigration

In recent weeks, a considerable amount of attention has focused on some of the immigration-related hardships that families are facing in the U.S. Even if your circumstances are less dramatic, you may still be feeling very stressed out as a result of family immigration issues. Perhaps you are worried about whether or not your family will be able to successfully join you or you have uncertainty related to paperwork and the entire process. We know how overwhelming family immigration matters can be, but it is important to focus on handling your stress and other negative emotions properly.

How can I bring my child to the US?

If you are a parent of a child who lives in another country, you may wonder if you have to do anything to legally bring him or her to the United States. This is often an issue if you had lived in a foreign country and given birth to your child there. That child would then be a citizen of that country. It requires immigration paperwork to ensure your child can legally come to live in Illinois.

Do not allow your immigration status to affect your job success

You have recently arrived in the United States and are excited to begin learning about the culture and experiencing the freedom that you have long anticipated. One of the first goals you want to accomplish is to find employment so you can make a living and support your family. At Francis Law Center, we have helped many immigrants in Illinois to learn about the skills they need to excel in their job, despite their immigration status. 

Why are families being separated at the Mexican border?

The news in Illinois is filled with stories about families being separated at the border with Mexico. There are two sides to this story, which each blaming the other, which is a common theme in modern politics. However, how can you figure out the real reason behind what is happening? It helps to get some backstory.

How can you help immigrant children adjust to their new home?

Your family has recently immigrated to a new country and have decided to make a home in Illinois. While you are excited to be in the United States and looking forward to seizing new opportunities, your drastic move required you to uproot your family and transplant them in a new place. Your children in particular, are going to need some time and plenty of support as they adjust to their new surroundings, home and culture. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help them ease into their new normal without compromising the importance of maintaining your own culture and traditions. 

Migrants hopeful to cross border, could face detention

For many immigrants, the thought of making a new home in America, building a better life and finding protection for their families are some of the common goals they share. However, getting into the United States and acquiring legal citizenship requires time, attention and commitment. Immigrants who try to get into Illinois without following the designated legal process could face a variety of consequences including detention, deportation and fines. 

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. 

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