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If you marry a U.S. Citizen, does it make you a citizen?

Gaining citizenship in the United States can be confusing. There is a prevailing thought that if you marry a citizen, you automatically become a citizen or at least get a green card. However, that is not true. Marrying a resident of Illinois will not automatically guarantee you can stay in this country.

What happens during a deportation?

Deportation is an intimidating prospect for people working and living in the U.S. While deportation can occur for numerous reasons, the actual process is usually the same from case to case in terms of timeline and what to expect. USA.gov offers the following information in this case, which can be extremely helpful if you’re facing deportation in Illinois.

Fleeing a violent past can affect immigrant children

You and your family have recently immigrated to the United States and have found a good place to live in Illinois. You are optimistic at the prospect of being able to create and maintain a more stable and successful life for your family, but are concerned about how these changes will affect the wellbeing and comfort of your children. At Francis Law Center, we have helped many people to work through the transition of becoming a citizen in a new country. 

What is the process of getting citizenship like?

You have recently immigrated to the U.S. and are currently residing in Illinois. By having accomplished your goal to get your family safely to America, your next goal is to secure your citizenship and have permission to enjoy all of the same rights as your American-born brothers and sisters. Understanding the process of gaining citizenship may help you better prepare for what comes next. 

Deportation processes in the U.S. about to get a whole lot faster

In the past, when the decision is made to deport someone from the United States, a careful process is followed to guarantee that it is not done on grounds that are unfair, illegal or inhumane. Currently, there are hundreds of immigrant families in Illinois who are awaiting their fate in the country. Many of them are waiting to hear whether or not they will be facing deportation as they are working toward gaining citizenship and being able to confidently call America, "home." 

Process to obtain citizenship lengthened for benefit users

Government assistance comes in many forms including food stamps, Obamacare and even insurance benefits for children and other dependents. For immigrant families in Illinois and across the nation, these types of benefits can provide an incredible advantage as they work to secure their success in a new environment and country. 

Understanding what to expect when you get a green card

You are excited about the opportunity you have to make a new home in Illinois. You and your family have worked hard to gain eligibility to enter the United States and have access to the freedoms that you have heard so much about. One of your options is to get a green card that will allow you temporary privileges that enable you to do things like get a job. At Francis Law Center, we are committed to helping immigrants to acclimate to their new surroundings by providing reliable legal assistance. 

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. 

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