Preparing for marriage may be one of the happiest moments of your life. What if, however, your spouse-to-be is not a U.S. citizen and is legally residing in another country? You could wait until you are married and then apply for a spouse visa to bring the new member of your family into the country, or you could have your fiance apply for a K-1 visa that will allow them entrance into the country prior to the marriage ceremony.
When you come from a nation other than the United States and wish to visit Illinois or another part of the country on a temporary basis, you will typically first need to secure a visitor visa. To obtain one of these nonimmigrant visas, you will first need to navigate the application process, and this generally entails filling out an online application and then participating in a subsequent interview.
If you are from a foreign country and wish to become a citizen of the United States, you should be aware of all your options. Naturalization is one of those options, and is granted to foreign citizens who have met the requirements created in the Immigration and Nationality Act. If you do indeed meet the requirements, you are able to apply for citizenship by taking a naturalization test.
As a legal immigrant living in Illinois, you may be thinking about becoming a U.S. citizen, but hesitate to take the naturalization test, fearing that it will be too difficult for you to successfully pass. You will be happy to know that if you already speak and read passable English, you should have very little difficulty passing this test the first time you take it.
For many families and business owners across Chicago and surrounding parts of Illinois, the threat of immigration raids is a seemingly constant one. Many immigrant families and business owners would be wise to prepare themselves for such raids, given the current presidential administration’s plans to move ahead with deportation roundups. According to CBS Chicago, immigration activists have ramped up their efforts to connect with immigrant communities in recent days so they can inform as many immigrants as possible about their legal rights.
As someone hoping to immigrate to Illinois or another part of the United States, or conversely, as someone looking to help a family member immigrate to the United States, you may face an uphill battle. At Francis Law Center, we recognize that a recent, largely unpublicized rule change may make it harder than ever for immigrants to pursue their paths to citizenship, and we have helped many people navigating similar issues pursue solutions that meet their needs.
Once you have determined that you meet all of the necessary requirements to begin working on the naturalization process for becoming a U.S. citizen in Illinois, it is time to embark on your journey. Being aware of what the process entails before you even begin may help you to be better prepared and more confident as you work toward your overall goal of becoming a citizen of the United States of America.
When people are preparing to petition for immigration in the United States, their commitment to paying attention to the details and following the steps in sequence may allow them to accomplish their objective more efficiently. On occasion, immigrant families in Illinois may want to file a petition on behalf of relatives who do not live in the United States. While it is allowed, families should be thorough in following the process to give their family member the best shot at being approved.
Many people in Illinois and across the nation have been watching the shifting tide and actions regarding immigrants and how they are treated in the U.S. since the last presidential election. Despite being a nation all but built on immigration, there can be a sense that today's administration is working against immigrants. A recently announced plan concerning public housing options for immigrants raises that feeling again.
According to Reuters, the Trump administration is looking into expanding current laws that allow for the deportation of immigrants who utilize public benefits. While this law has been in place for some time, it's rarely used unless an immigrant has a pre-existing issue for which they require help but failed to disclose it upon entry into the country or they fail to repay benefits when requested.