If you are a U.S. citizen either by naturalization or permanent residency, you have the right to petition for family members from out of the country to join you here in the United States. Those family members do not need to wait in line for a visa but rather, get priority for green card status. If you live in Illinois and wish to petition for a family member, you should first know for which family members you can petition before you begin the process.
After immigrating to the U.S. and settling in Illinois, you are gaining more and more optimism about your ability to help your family immigrate. Your desire to be with your family members is fueling your effort to learn more about the immigration process so that you can reunite the people who mean the most to you.
There are many ways to immigrate to the United States. If you want to live in Illinois, you need to find the right path for your family. One option is to seek asylum, but do be aware that this option is not available for everyone. You must meet specific requirements, according to the American Immigration Council, and follow the right pathway to claim asylum.
With Trump's talks of building walls, the border patrol detaining families at the border in jail-like cells and children dying in the border patrol's custody, many non-citizens worry about their future and their very lives. If you are one of those individuals, you need to prepare should a member of law enforcement detain you or worse, put you through an immigration raid in Chicago.
While Chicago is one of the many sanctuary cities across the United States, that does not necessarily mean that all non-U.S. citizens in the area of the rest of Illinois can rest easily. The current federal administration has made many threats about changes to immigration laws and rules and has enacted some so that the future may well feel uncertain. During this time, remaining informed can be of extreme importance to all immigrants so that they know how to protect themselves and their loved ones.
There are many different types of visas you may use to come into the United States. Each visa has specific uses. You should understand what they are so you apply for the correct one before your trip to Illinois. One of the options and a common choice is a visitor visa.
Immigration laws state very clearly that the government of the United States does not extradite people living legally within its borders from states such as Illinois to other countries unless there is evidence that they have done something wrong. Nevertheless, the current administration allegedly weighed expelling a Turkish cleric to his home country as a political maneuver in order to relieve pressure on Saudi Arabia with regard to the death of a journalist killed in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.
The topic of immigration is quite controversial in Illinois depending on who you ask. Some people firmly believe that immigrants should be allowed a degree of tolerance in their quest to seek protection in a country that prioritizes free speech and freedom. Others vehemently oppose the entry of anyone into the country without adherence to stringent protocols designed to regulate who is allowed into the country.
On October 10, 2018, the Trump Administration has made a family immigration more challenging by releasing a proposed rule regarding a proposed change to the "public charge" ground of inadmissibility. The public charge factor for inadmissibility has long been in the Immigration and Naturalization Act and until this point, "public charge" has been used to describe a person who likely will become dependent on the government for subsistence.
If you have a spouse who is not a citizen of the United States, one of your primary concerns may be working toward getting him or her eligibility to remain in the U.S. legally. While your relationship status may help to expedite this process, failure to carefully adhere to government-outlined policies can potentially ruin your chances of helping your spouse. At Francis Law Center, we have helped many people in Illinois to become better educated about the process of immigration in the United States.