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Mevorah Law Offices LLC
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IL immigration attorneyNot all couples who marry are from the same state or even country. Two people who are engaged to be married may live across the globe from each other. This long-distance relationship can be challenging, emotionally and legally. If someone is a U.S. citizen and wants his or her “betrothed” to live in the United States, there are certain stipulations that must be met first before they can move here. Securing a fiancé(e) visa can be a complicated endeavor, but necessary for a loved one to enter the United States legally. In some cases, couples may choose to get married abroad so the foreign spouse would enter the United States on a K-3 (married) visa. Each couple is unique, so it is best to seek legal counsel to determine the best course of action for your immigration situation.

Immigration Visa Laws

The first step in bringing your foreign fiancé(e) to the United States is filing a Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), which is Form I-129F. This will allow him or her to obtain a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, which is also referred to as a fiancé(e) visa.

A couple must be married within three months and the union must be legitimate, meaning both partners have an intent to begin a life together and the marriage is not solely for immigrating to the United States.

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IL deportation lawyerThe immigration process can be long and complicated. However, if an individual who is trying to immigrate to the United States commits certain crimes, he or she might be deported. Even if the immigrant possesses a green card, he or she is subject to deportation if he or she violates U.S. immigration laws. If there is substantial evidence that a crime has been committed and the person was convicted, an immigrant can be subject to removal proceedings. It is important to understand the immigration criminal defense proceedings if you or a loved is charged with a crime that is classified as “deportable.”

Types of Crimes that Warrant Deportation

Immigrants face the risk of being deported if they are convicted of specific types of crime. A “crime of moral turpitude” (CMT) or is not defined very well under U.S. immigration law. It is important to note, however, the Department of State states that the typical conditions of a moral turpitude crime include “larceny, fraud, and intent to hurt persons or things.” Crimes that involve theft and dishonesty are considered this type of crime. Other examples include assault with intent to kill or rob someone; aggravated DUI or DWI; and spousal abuse.

An “aggravated felony” under immigration law differs from criminal law. The list of these types of felonies can be found in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Some of these crimes include:

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IL immigration lawyerImmigration is a hot topic these days, given recent government changes to the laws and increased enforcement at the United States/Mexico border. Many U.S. citizens have family members who wish to join them here. Any U.S. citizen can help a relative become a legal permanent resident of the United States by obtaining a “Green Card.” To accomplish this, a person must sponsor his or her relative and prove that he or she has enough income or assets to support the relative once he or she enters the United States. It is important to note that if the immigrant qualifies, he or she can apply for citizenship later. If you are considering sponsoring a loved one, you need to know the necessary legal steps to take.

Requirements for Sponsorship

Obtaining permanent resident status provides a family member with the privilege of living and working in the United States permanently. The petitioner is required to show evidence to prove the familial relationship to the person for whom he or she is sponsoring. In order to sponsor a relative for permanent residency in the United States, there are several requirements that must be met:

  • The sponsor must have a qualifying family relationship with the beneficiary.
  • The person must be willing to sponsor the relative to become a legal permanent resident by filing a Petition for Alien Relative form (I-130).

A U.S. citizen can file a petition for these relatives:

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Il immigration lawyerImmigration has been in the news a lot lately, especially stories about the crisis at the United States/Mexico border. Although a lot of migrants want to come to the United States, it is crucial they learn the proper terms and procedures for obtaining U.S. citizenship. Adjustment of status is the legal process for applying for permanent resident status when a person is in the United States. This is also known as applying for a Green Card. A person may obtain a Green Card without having to return to his or her home country to complete visa processing. However, if someone is outside of the United States, he or she must obtain a visa through consular processing abroad.

Steps for Adjustment of Status

There are several things a person must do before receiving a Green Card. The following are the main steps in the Adjustment of Status process:

  1. Determine eligibility (category) for application of a Green Card.
  2. The applicant or another party must file an immigrant petition (if applicable).
  3. Make sure there are visas available (if applicable).
  4. File Form I-485.
  5. Go to local Application Support Center appointment.
  6. Go to an interview (if applicable).
  7. Reply to a request for additional evidence (if applicable).
  8. Check on the status of the case.
  9. Receive a decision.

U.S. immigration laws have different categories under which an immigrant can apply for Adjustment of Status. The eligibility requirements vary depending on the immigration category. The first step in this process is to determine which (if any) immigrant category a person belongs.

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IL immigration lawyerThere are a lot of terms when discussing the immigration process. Naturalization is the legal process by which a non-citizen in a country can become a citizen in that country. It is important to know there are two means of obtaining U.S. citizenship. Any person born in the United States or born in another country to parents who are U.S. citizens is automatically a U.S. citizen by birthright. That person can claim his or her citizenship at any point in time. The second way someone can obtain U.S. citizenship involves naturalization, which is a legal process of certain requirements that must be met to claim citizenship.

Qualifications for Applying

After going through the immigration naturalization process, a person will have many rights of a natural-born citizen. He or she can vote, travel using a U.S. passport, run as a candidate for a U.S. government office, and seek employment with the U.S. government. The naturalization process usually begins with “lawful permanent status,” which means an individual must first obtain his or her green card. This can be done by a family member or employer sponsoring a person, among other ways. Once someone has secured a green card, he or she must obey all the laws of the United States for a set period of time, typically five years. Unique exceptions to some of these rules are made for military members as well as other applicants.

There are other qualifications an individual must meet before even applying for naturalization besides just residency, including the following:

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