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immigration status, F1 visa,  Chicago immigration attorneys, obtain legal status, Visa Waiver ProgramIn today’s fraught immigration climate, more and more immigrants who come to the U.S. want to be able to adjust from a nonimmigrant visa to an immigrant visa or status which will allow them to remain in the country. Normally, adjusting one’s immigration status is a fairly low-key affair. However, during the current administration, the procedure has become more intimidating. Understanding what is required can make it less so. 

Are You in the U.S.?

It may seem like splitting hairs, but one important factor is that if you are not currently located in the United States, any attempt to change to an immigrant visa or green card is not called adjustment of status. Rather, it is called consular processing, because technically, a putative immigrant who is not in the United States has no status to change. Anyone abroad would simply go through normal consular processing, just for a much longer-term visa than the more common B1/B2.

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latino minors, Chicago immigration lawyers, unaccompanied minors, asylum claims, immigration newsThere is perhaps no group more in immigration news in recent months than unaccompanied minors, especially those coming from Latin America. In the past few years, ever since an explosion of gang violence in Central and South America, a steady flood of unaccompanied minors has come to the border between the United States and Mexico, seeking asylum or other forms of relief. However, many have found not relief, but suffering of a different kind. 

Migration Statistics Show Trends 

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) states that while children from all over the world immigrate or seek asylum in the United States, as many as 75 percent of them have been boys from El Salvador, Mexico, and Honduras, at least since 2009. There are multiple reasons for this, none of which have to do with any kind of gang-related or otherwise malicious motives, as has sometimes been alleged.

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violence against women act, Chicago Immigration LawyerMany foreign citizens living in the U.S. feel trapped in abusive marriages because of their immigration status yet are unaware of the options they might have to separate themselves from their abuser, or even where to begin to look. There is hope, however; United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a category of visa which permits some of these individuals to escape their abusers and remain in the country. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a piece of legislation that has made it easier for battered spouses to obtain legal status without being attached to their abusive mate.

The Origins of VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994 as a response to an increase in crimes against women. It guarantees certain safeguards for crime victims, and has been extended so that men can take advantage of its protections in certain circumstances. In the same year, provisions in VAWA modified the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) so that battered spouses (who are victims of domestic violence, which is a crime) could enjoy greater protection from their abusers. While VAWA is used most often by spouses, the provisions in the INA actually apply to spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Not every abusive relationship is romantic, after all; other family members touched by abuse deserve equal protections.

One situation that may occur is when a U.S. citizen or permanent resident files an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for their spouse, parent or child, and then hold that over the person’s head. The battered person comes to think that he or she has no alternative but to remain with the abuser, because they fear the consequences of deportation. He or she may have entered the country without inspection, and thus would face very real hardships if sent back to their homeland. However, in truth, VAWA does not consider the status of a battered person in their application, at least not in theory.

How to Apply

The only requirements are that (1) a person be the spouse, parent or child of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; (2) he or she be the victim of abuse or battering from that person, and (3) he or she be a person of good moral character. If you meet these requirements, you may then file an I-360, a Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant, without any sponsor (one would normally be required). If the I-360 is approved, and you do not have legal status, you may be placed in deferred action, which allows you to remain in the country.

The “good moral character” requirement can be problematic for some potential applicants, especially if they entered the country without inspection. Children under age 14 are presumed to be of good moral character, but not adults. VAWA relief can and will be denied if it is determined that you are not of good moral character. The most common provided reason is past involvement with drugs or other crimes, which can be said to be deleterious to the fiber of society, but it is not unheard of for past immigration infractions to be held against you. In this case, it is best that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney.

Get Experienced Help on Your Side

The passionate Chicago immigration attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC have years of experience in helping people gain legal status, and we will do our best to help you. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.

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