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Chicago immigration attorneys, diversity visa lottery, diversity visa, immigration, achieve immigrationAfter the Halloween attack in New York, in which Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov killed eight people by driving a truck onto a sidewalk, the president had harsh words for the program that brought him to the United States. The diversity visa lottery has existed for only about 30 years, but it has aided immeasurable amounts of immigrants, including many who have come to the United States and opened businesses, thus creating more jobs for U.S. citizens. Still, myths persist about what it is and what it is not.

Is it a Green Light for So-Called Undesirables?

Even before Saipov’s attack, there have been numerous pieces of misinformation circulating about the diversity visa lottery and its recipients. Perhaps the most pernicious is that the lottery is simply another way for low-skilled people to enter the United States. Contrary to popular perception, however, the countries that send the most potential immigrants to the U.S. are actually excluded from the diversity visa lottery. Because their countries almost always exceed their immigration quotas each year, citizens of countries like India, Mexico and the People’s Republic of China are not permitted to apply. The diversity lottery is intended to assist those who hail from a country with low immigration totals that may not otherwise receive a visa—for example, Saipov was an Uzbek citizen, and Uzbekistan’s immigration totals are routinely quite low.

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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, temporary protected status, TPS eligibility, immigration, immigration status, immigration consequencesThe United States has granted an immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly two decades, beginning in 1990 with the Immigration Act. However, in early 2017, the U.S. State Department sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees the program, and advised that certain groups “no longer need[ed] to be shielded from deportation” in the Secretary’s estimation. While this is not an official revocation of status, it paves the way for what will likely become a revocation. This means that some living under TPS will need to quickly depart lest they face future immigration consequences.

Who Has TPS?

Temporary Protected Status is granted at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security to those nationals who hail from countries where conditions make it impossible to safely return at the time the status is granted—usually due to ongoing war or natural disasters. The status is usually revoked when conditions in the country are deemed to have sufficiently improved. For example, TPS was granted to Rwandans following the 1994 genocide in their country, and was rescinded in 1997 after the country’s political system had stabilized and it was deemed safe to allow nationals to return.

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DACA program, Chicago deportation defense attorneys, Chicago immigration attorney, worker’s visa, Chicago immigrationAccording to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still open and accepting applications. However, as the site continues, it may be ‘terminated at any time.’ The status of the DACA program has wavered multiple times in recent months, due to pressure from the White House and various interest groups.

In June 2017, a group of Republican attorneys general added their voice to the discussion, trying to force the administration to rescind permissions that allowed DACA to go forward. This leads to significant confusion and alarm for those with DACA status. 

A Wavering White House 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_immigration-pitfalls-Chicago.jpgIf you have committed a crime, you ought to be aware (or become aware) that your actions have the potential to seriously affect your ability to stay in the United States, especially if you are undocumented or are present on a non-immigrant visa.

Normally, commission of certain crimes can render you deportable from the country, and many will come with a bar—a period of time where you must not re-enter the country.

However, in some cases, this may be avoided by making a deal or pleading guilty to a charge that will not render you deportable. Still, this can be a very complex undertaking.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_entry-without-inspection-Chicago.jpgWhen someone seeks to enter the United States, he or she almost always does so with inspection—that is, at a mandated border checkpoint, bearing the correct entry document (and visa, if necessary). However, for some, this is not an option for a variety of reasons. Some are not even aware that they are committing an immigration infraction. Given the stated goals of the incoming administration, it is a good idea for you and yours to be absolutely certain of your immigration status and take steps to remedy any deficiency.

The Consequences Are Severe

Contrary to popular perception, those who are found to have entered the U.S. without inspection suffer numerous consequences, though they may not wind up behind bars. Those who are in the U.S. without inspection begin to accrue what is referred to as unlawful presence, from the moment they enter the country. This is the case even if they are not exposed as having entered the country illegally. Thus, whenever their status is exposed, they may have years upon years of unlawful presence accrued, which can be used against them, such as denying an application to adjust status (even with U.S. citizen relatives).

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