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Mevorah Law Offices LLC
630-932-9100
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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

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134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

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333 N. Randall Road, Suite 104, St. Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-443-0600

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58 N. Chicago Street, Suite 500, Joliet, IL 60432

Phone: 815-727-4500

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Phone: 630-932-9100

Immigration

Chicago immigration attorneys, international entrepreneur, immigration status, obtain immigration status, H1B visasWhile most immigrants who arrive in the United States seek to work in others’ businesses, there are a small amount who seek to start businesses of their own, and to employ others. The previous administration had sought to institute a rule called the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) which would permit certain potential immigrants to be paroled into the U.S. if they met certain criteria. However, as of May 25, 2018, this rule is slated to be rescinded if no sufficient challenge is mounted. Immigrants who plan to start businesses in the U.S., or who work for an immigrant-owned business, should be aware of this because it may affect their employment status, or even their immigration status. 

Rule Created Jobs 

At the time of its issuance, the IER was hailed as a positive development because of its potential to create jobs for U.S. citizens and immigrants alike. If a potential immigrant was able to show that he or she (1) possessed a “substantial interest” in a startup created in the U.S. in the past five years and were in a position to help that company grow; and (2) that he or she and the company could provide a “significant public benefit” to the country via domestic and foreign investment and job creation (or otherwise merited an exercise of discretion), then he or she would be paroled into the country for a specific period of time. The presence of these well-placed people was a general net positive for many companies.

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Chicago immigration lawyers, immigration detention, child detainees, Illinois immigration law, unaccompanied minorsAs if the news of the United States government’s losing track of 1,475 unaccompanied minor children ostensibly placed with sponsors was not cause enough for concern, a recent proposal from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks to further modify the latitude that the federal government is able to exercise over the treatment of child detainees. While still a working draft, the proposal is replete with potential modifications that would allow leeway for legitimized abuses of power that would appear to serve no purpose other than the exercise of that power. It is imperative that parents be aware of the proposed changes, so that they may be better prepared to work against them if it is ever required in their situation.

Transfers and Detentions

Perhaps the most immediate threat is that the proposal seeks to modify transfer regulations and to alter the rules surrounding separating families in detention. As of this writing, a document called the Flores Settlement Agreement serves as a federal consent decree governing the treatment and transfer of people in federal immigration custody, and limits the detention of children in immigration jails, instead requiring their transfer to a family residence facility within 5 days. The current administration would seek to relax that period, potentially opening the door to confining children of all ages in detention facilities, without access to important necessities.

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Chicago deportation defense lawyers, Immigration law, deportation, deportation order, aggravated felonyIt is generally understood that when someone commits a crime, he or she is tried, convicted if enough evidence exists, and then goes to serve his or her sentence. However, if the defendant is an immigrant (documented or undocumented), then a criminal conviction can have further consequences which can, in certain circumstances, impede his or her ability to remain in the country. If you are a non-citizen accused of a crime, it is absolutely critical that you and your attorney understand what not to do in criminal matters.

Immigration Law is Severe

United States immigration law holds that in all but unusual situations, those who commit certain crimes are immediately rendered removable from the country. There are two types of crimes that will render a person removable. The first is called a crime of moral turpitude (CIMT), and the Immigration and Nationality Act holds that if a person commits two CIMTs in the period since his or her admission to the country, or if he or she commits one in his or her first five years in country where the maximum sentence is more than one year. It is important to understand that the maximum must be more than one year — it does not matter if the defendant received a lesser sentence; if the maximum is over 365 days, the defendant is deportable.

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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, deportable, deportation order, domestic violence, asylumSince the beginning of 2018, the current Attorney General has set aside at least four rulings handed down by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which is a subsidiary of the Justice Department dedicated exclusively to appeals from immigration judges’ rulings. Instead of allowing the BIA’s rulings to stand, he has taken these cases from its jurisdiction. Given the rarity of this action in most administrations, immigration professionals are postulating that one of these, Matter of A-B-, may be used as a test case of sorts against the rights of asylum applicants who have experienced domestic violence. If the Attorney General rules against the appellant in Matter of A-B-, it may sentence domestic violence victims to death upon their return to their home country.

Can Domestic Violence Victims Get Asylum?

Both the 1951 Geneva Convention and U.S. immigration law normally define a refugee or asylee as someone who is “unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality, or to seek the protection of that country because of [past] persecution,” or a well-founded fear of persecution. That persecution must be based on one of five unchanging characteristics—race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Under U.S. law, the state must either be the agent of persecution, or it must be shown that the state either cannot or will not stop the persecution.

It is because of this last caveat that the applicant in Matter of R-A- (2009) was able to obtain asylum. The applicant was a Guatemalan woman, the wife of a man who repeatedly physically assaulted her, and given his connections in Guatemalan society, she alleged that she was not able to be safe anywhere in her country. The BIA held that the applicant had demonstrated that the state was unwilling or unable to stop what amounted to persecution based on her membership in a particular social group (domestic violence victims with specific characteristics), and as such, granted the applicant asylum. The law on these issues has been refined since 2009, but the fundamental crux of the issue is that domestic violence victims have been able to get asylum in the U.S. if all the relevant facts have been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the authorities.

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naturalization, Chicago naturalization attorneys, naturalization interview, US immigration law, citizenshipMany immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for years make the decision to become naturalized citizens. In order to naturalize, a person must go through an interview in addition to submitting an application and documentation. However, some applicants are not able to meet the criteria and accommodations must be sought. If you are disabled or otherwise unable to meet one of the requirements for the interview, there is a procedure that must be followed.

General Accommodations & Exceptions

While age or other certain conditions are not considered disabilities, per se, it is possible sometimes to seek accommodation for an elderly applicant or for someone who has another condition that may not rise to the level of medical disability.

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