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Phone: 630-932-9100

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Phone: 630-529-4761

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Immigration

Lombard immigration lawyerIf you are a United States citizen and are engaged to marry a foreign national, you may be able to obtain a K-1 immigrant visa for your fiancé. These “fiancé visas” are designed to help Americans legally bring their fiancé to the United States to get married and live together permanently. To obtain a K-1 visa, there are a few requirements you and your fiancé must meet. These requirements are intended to make sure that the intended marriage is not a sham or forced.

Understanding these requirements can help you decide whether this is the best possible route to getting your significant other a U.S. visa or whether there may be a better path. The immigration process can take some time, and it is often not easy. One of our attorneys can help by guiding you through each step of this frequently challenging process. 

What Are the Requirements for a K-1 Visa?

To be eligible for a fiancé visa, you and your spouse-to-be must meet all of the following requirements: 

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Illinois immigration lawyerLearning that the U.S. visa you or your loved one in another country applied for has been denied can be frustrating. For some, it can even be frightening. You may have an idea of why you were denied, or you may have been blindsided by the denial. Even if your initial application for a visa was denied, there may be steps an attorney can help you take to ultimately get approved.

It is important to understand the reason for your denial in order to potentially overcome any issues and get a visa. What your next steps could look like may depend on the reason for your denial and whether it is temporary or permanent in addition to whether it is waivable. An immigration attorney can help you better understand why you or your loved one was denied and what to do next. 

What Are Some Common Reasons U.S. Visa Applicants Get Denied?

There are a few very common reasons that U.S. visa applications are not accepted. Yours is more likely than not among them. Some are temporary and can be overcome. These reasons for denial include: 

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Illinois ICE detention lawyerWhen you have a family member or dear friend who is undocumented, finding out that they have been taken into ICE custody can be terrifying. Trying to get someone out of an ICE detention center is nothing at all like trying to bail someone out of the county jail after a run-of-the-mill arrest. Helping an undocumented immigrant who is in ICE custody can be complicated. It is a much more involved process than posting bail. Finding a way to help your loved one remain in the country legally can require a lot of effort. The process may be long and complex. In many cases, you will need to enlist an experienced immigration attorney to help get your loved one out of ICE detention. Any legal mistakes could be deeply problematic, so you should avoid trying to do this without skilled legal assistance. 

Steps to Take When Your Loved One is in ICE Custody

Helping someone who has been taken into custody by immigration enforcement can be an exercise in patience. COVID-related backlogs may mean that it takes quite some time before you can make meaningful progress towards rescuing your loved one. Steps that may help include: 

  • Find them - For many, simply locating their loved one in ICE detention is half the battle. You may be able to locate them using ICE’s online detainee locator, but you may not. If you do not have their Alien Number on hand, you might need to try several different spellings or variations of their name.
  • Contact the deportation officer - Getting in contact with your loved one’s deportation officer may help. They may be able to tell you how to visit or send necessities to your loved one in a detention center. You may need to put money into your loved one’s account so that they can make phone calls or purchase items from commissary. However, you must be extremely careful about what you say or reveal to this officer. Remember that any information you provide could be used against your loved in a deportation hearing. 
  • Get a lawyer - The smartest and kindest thing you can do for someone in ICE custody is to find them an immigration attorney. A lawyer who is experienced with this process may be able to help your loved one much more quickly and effectively. 

Remember that time is of the essence. Deportations can happen very, very quickly. The sooner your loved one is represented by counsel the more likely they are to avoid this dreaded outcome. 

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Illinois Dream Act LawyerPeople from other countries have multiple different avenues for immigrating to the United States. However, the immigration process can be long and complex, and even if a person follows all of the correct procedures, they and their families may face issues that affect their legal status and their ability to stay in the United States. While many lawmakers and immigration officials have recognized that immigrant children who have grown up in the U.S. deserve protections that will allow them to avoid deportation, the options for many of these “dreamers” are limited. People in these situations can consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine the steps they can take to continue living in the United States.

Problems Facing “Documented Dreamers”

There are many situations where immigrants come to the United States as children, and when this is the only country they have ever known, forcing them to leave the U.S. and resettle elsewhere may cause extreme hardship for them and their families. Congress has attempted to address this issue through the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would provide qualifying minors with a path to citizenship. While the DREAM Act has not been passed, other programs, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), have attempted to address this issue.

While the DREAM Act and related proposals have addressed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors, they have failed to address children who have a legal immigration status. In many cases, “documented dreamers” came to the United States with their families legally, but once they reach the age of 21, their legal status may expire, putting them at risk of deportation.

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Illinois immigration lawyerForced marriage means that one or both people have been forced into a marriage that is against their will. The United States considers forced marriage to be a serious human rights abuse and is working domestically and abroad to end the practice. Those who have been or are being forced into marriage are victims. As such, they have not broken any laws of the United States and may be eligible for immigration relief.

What is a Forced Marriage?

When an individual does not have a choice on who they marry or when the marriage takes place, that is a forced marriage. Forced marriages can be accompanied by threats of physical or emotional abuse, deception, or even threats to immigration status. It can happen in any culture and to people from any educational and economic background. In the United States, perpetrators of forced marriage may be charged with crimes including domestic violence, assault, kidnapping, child abuse if the victim is underage, rape, threats of violence, and other charges.

Differences Between a Forced Marriage and an Arranged Marriage

An arranged marriage, when families play a role in selecting marriage partners, is not the same as a forced marriage. In an arranged marriage, both parties are allowed to choose if and when they want to get married. In a forced marriage, not only are the partners selected by the families, but they have no choice on whether or when to marry.

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