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Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices
630-932-9100
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LOMBARD

900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

BLOOMINGDALE

134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

CHICAGO

105 W. Madison Street, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 630-932-9100

NAPERVILLE

1730 Park Street, Suite 202, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-420-1000

ST. CHARLES

555 S Randall Rd, Suite 101, St. Charles, IL 60174

Phone: 630-410-9176

Immigration

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1934172425-min.jpgEarlier this week, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas announced that federal immigration agents will stop mass workplace arrests of immigrant employees suspected of living in this country without legal permission. Instead, agents’ focus will turn to the pursuit of “unscrupulous employers who exploit the vulnerability of undocumented workers.” The secretary also announced that the department will instead be focused on eradicating worker abuse, including unsafe work conditions, substandard wages, and human trafficking.

Policy Changes and Reviews

According to federal statistics, more than 7 million undocumented immigrants are working in the U.S. These workers make up approximately 25 percent of those that work in the farming, fishing, and forestry industries. It is estimated that approximately 13 percent of all construction workers are undocumented immigrants, and just under 10 percent of those working in the food service industry are also undocumented workers.

The massive worksite raids were a frequent occurrence under the Trump administration, resulting in the arrests of hundreds of workers at a time. One of the largest coordinated raids – which took place at chicken plants located in Mississippi that were owned by the Illinois-based Koch Foods – resulted in the arrests of 680 undocumented workers.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1280444827-min.jpgThe last year has been a challenging and confusing time for immigrants in the United States, with the effects of COVID-19 and the seemingly countless changes to immigration policy between the two most recent presidential administrations. One challenge that many immigrants have faced is a delay in processing their applications for visas and adjustments of status. Fortunately, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced a measure that provides relief for some conditional permanent residents with pending applications.

What is the Conditional Permanent Resident Status?

USCIS will grant conditional permanent resident status to immigrants who become permanent residents by way of marrying a U.S. citizen when the marriage occurred within the last two years. This includes immigrants who come to the U.S. on a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, as well as those who come to the U.S. on another type of visa and then get married to a U.S. citizen during their time in the U.S.

Conditional permanent resident status allows an immigrant to live legally in the U.S. for two years, but at that point, the immigrant will need to apply to have their conditions removed. In order to do so, they should file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, within 90 days of the expiration date of their conditional Green Card. This form should be filed with the immigrant’s spouse and include evidence that the marriage is legitimate and not intended for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration laws.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1877619448-min.jpgTo become naturalized U.S. citizens, immigrants must fulfill many different criteria, including first achieving lawful permanent resident status, maintaining continuous residence in the U.S., and demonstrating good moral character. One of the final steps in becoming a U.S. citizen is passing a civics test, and this can be a source of apprehension for those who are unsure of what to expect. However, it is possible to study and prepare so that you can go into the test with greater confidence.

Which Version of the Civics Test Will I Take?

In 2020, the Trump administration introduced a revised civics test that doubled the number of questions asked and the number of correct responses required to pass. However, in early 2021, this new test was canceled. As of April 19, 2021, almost all immigrants pursuing naturalized citizenship will take the version of the test that was established in 2008.

The 2008 civics test is administered orally, in English, and includes 10 questions. In order to pass the civics test, you must respond correctly to 6 of the 10 questions. These questions are pulled from a list of 100 that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides as a study resource.

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Naperville Immigration AttorneyIn our last blog, we looked at recently passed Illinois legislation that provides new protections for immigrants, including by making it more difficult for ICE to detain immigrants in Illinois jails. Since then, the Biden administration has issued new guidance to ICE with the intention of reducing the detention of immigrants throughout the U.S. Specifically, the new directive aims to protect immigrants who have been victims of crimes.

Protection for Crime Victims

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers several options for immigrant crime victims to apply for protection and lawful status. These include:

  • U Visas - The U nonimmigrant status is available to victims of crimes related to mental and physical abuse who are willing to help law enforcement with the prosecution of the crimes.

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Bloomingdale Immigration LawyerOn Monday of this week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed four bills into law and issued an executive order, all of which focus on improving the circumstances of immigrants throughout the state. These new developments may improve opportunities and quality of life for immigrants in Illinois, and, perhaps most notably, protect them from detention in removal and deportation cases. As a non-citizen or a family member of a non-citizen, these changes may have a positive impact on your situation in the near future.

Ending ICE Contracts

Of the four bills signed by Governor Pritzker, the measure that may provide the greatest relief for immigrants is Senate Bill 667, the Illinois Way Forward Act. This bill prohibits new or renewed contracts between the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and local Illinois governments that would allow immigrants to be detained in public jails while they wait for their removal hearings. The bill also terminates any active contracts as of January 2022, providing relief for immigrants currently detained under contracts of this nature in McHenry County, Kankakee County, and Pulaski County.

In addition to the ban on ICE contracts, the bill also restricts the ways in which local law enforcement organizations may cooperate with ICE. Furthermore, it prohibits Illinois law enforcement officers from asking criminal detainees about their immigration status or discriminating in the treatment of detainees based on their immigration status.

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