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Chicago immigration lawyers, Illinois immigration, immigration policy, F Visa, current immigration law, family-based immigrationAfter the December 11 attack in New York City that was perpetrated by a Bangladeshi immigrant, the president and current administration have gone on the offensive, arguing loudly about the evils of what is being called “chain migration.” They allege that chain migration, also called ‘extended chain migration,’ is a lax policy that permits too many immigrants into the U.S. without proper vetting.

While numerous experts have debunked such claims as manifestly paranoid, it is important to understand the legal arguments surrounding this issue, especially since the authority of the Oval Office may be turned arbitrarily on this aspect of U.S. immigration policy if nothing changes.

A Long and Complex Path

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undocumented immigrants, Chicago immigration attorneys, Puerto Rico, deportation, Immigration lawThe United States has governorship over a handful of territories such as Puerto Rico or Guam, referring to them as insular areas. A U.S. insular area is defined as a nominally self-governing territory which looks to the United States for guidance and various benefits. Given the horrific situation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, questions about the lawful status of the Puerto Ricans have been asked by those not in the know, especially in regard to the possibility of relocating to the U.S. mainland.

Citizenship and Relocation

As of 2017, the U.S. Congress had extended citizenship to the residents of all inhabited U.S. possessions except for American Samoa, which is an unincorporated territory (a territory must incorporate, or organize in a certain way, for its people to be eligible for citizenship). Thus, residents of all other U.S. possessions such as Puerto Rico, the Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have the same citizenship rights as anyone born on the U.S. mainland. The Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau are sometimes named as U.S. possessions, but this is erroneous—they are sovereign states and their nationals are citizens of their respective countries, with no claim to U.S. citizenship.

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expedited removals, Chicago deportation defense attorneys, immigration court, current immigration law, Illinois immigration, expedited removalNot content with arresting nearly 40 percent more immigrants on average since the new administration took office, in July 2017 the Department of Homeland Security and the White House began to investigate the possibility of expanding expedited removals, which would significantly alter the immigration landscape in the United States for a multitude of reasons.

The move would not be without controversy at a political level, but immigrant rights groups are incensed at what they argue would be a near-unlimited authority to arrest anyone without status, regardless of potential extenuating circumstances.

If you are undocumented, being conversant with the nitty-gritty details of the law may at least make your next steps more clear.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_H1B-visa-regulations-Chicago.jpgOne of the cornerstones of the new president’s immigration policy, going back to the campaign trail, is to regulate the country’s H1B visa program more effectively, ostensibly to weed out those who abuse the system. However, the proverbial jury remains out as to the most effective way to do this, or even as to whether such reforms are truly necessary. Either way, those who hold H1B visas or seek to obtain them in the next fiscal year should be aware of the potential changes to the program.

Current Program Regulations

For the last few decades, at least, the H1B program has been used to allow U.S. employers to hire foreign workers, seemingly to fill gaps in their workforce that cannot be filled by U.S. citizens. The requirements are fairly simple, but important to prove. They are: (1) that one has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in a field related to the one he or she intends to work in; (2) that one will be earning a wage (as opposed to volunteering or being paid in another manner); and (3) and that he or she will be engaged in a “specialty occupation.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_employment-based-immigration-Chicago.jpgWhile many immigrants make their way to the United States via their family connections, many choose to try and obtain a job in the country. In order to do so, however, they must obtain both a visa and a labor certification (and in some cases, a specific job offer, depending on the visa sought). A lot of misinformation circulates when discussing visas and supporting documents, however, so if you intend to take a temporary job in the U.S., or eventually adjust status to permanent residency, you need to know what is true and what is false.

Labor Condition Applications

Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) are requests filed by employers to the U.S. Department of Labor for permission to hire employees from abroad. They are usually filed for potential workers under H1-B visas, though on occasion they will be utilized for workers under other nonimmigrant classifications. It generally takes only a short time for an LCA to be approved, if all the relevant information is present —usually a week to 10 days.

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