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DuPage County Attorneys

LOMBARD

900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

BLOOMINGDALE

134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

ST. CHARLES

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

Phone: 630-443-0600

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

Immigration

IL immigration lawyerThe Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States government lottery program for those immigrants who want to obtain a U.S. Permanent Resident Card. Run by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), it is also known as the Green Card lottery. The Immigration Act of 1990 established the current Diversity Visa (DV) program. The Act was an amendment to the U.S. immigration law, which increased the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter the country each year. The majority of the lottery winners reside in another country and immigrate by obtaining an immigrant visa. However, each year there is a minority of lottery winners who are living in the United States with a nonimmigrant or a different legal status at the time their lottery number is selected. For these winners who are living within U.S. borders, USCIS processes applications for adjustment of status.

Who Is Eligible and What Visas Are Available?

In order to adjust status under the Diversity Visa Program, an applicant must establish the following:

  • Was chosen for a diversity visa by DOS lottery
  • Has an immigrant visa accessible at the time of filing an application for adjustment of status (Form I-485)
  • Is admissible to the United States

To check visa availability, the DOS issues a Visa Bulletin. This is a chart that shows which visa priority numbers are currently being processed. The bulletin estimates the waiting period for applicants to obtain their visas. When the allotted number of Diversity Immigrants is reached, visas will be available in that particular month for the applicants with Diversity Immigrant lottery ranking numbers below the designated cut-off numbers in their geographic areas.

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There are many reasons why people from other countries wish to live in the United States. It could be to join extended family members who reside here or to obtain better education or employment. The legal steps for becoming a U.S. citizen can seem daunting at first. However, the government offers guidance on the proper procedures depending on the situation. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for managing the legal immigration to our country. The USCIS is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Recently, the USCIS announced it expanded the guidelines related to the naturalization requirement of “good moral character (GMC).” It is important to understand how GMC is defined and how this news can affect the immigration process.

How Is “Good Moral Character” Defined?

Good moral character is typically defined as an ideal state of a person’s beliefs and values that benefit society. According to U.S. law, GMC can be assessed through the requirement of virtuous acts or by evaluating negative conduct. In legal judgments, GMC can include several different characteristics, such as the below:

  • Honesty/integrity/trustworthiness
  • Respect for the law and other’s rights
  • Mental and emotional stability
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Absence of a criminal record
  • Honoring/upholding the U.S.Constitution

What Are “Unlawful Acts”?

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a person applying for naturalization must establish GMC. The updates to the policy guidelines include additional examples of “unlawful acts” that could possibly prevent an immigrant from meeting the GMC requirement for naturalization. This expansion to the policy ensures USCIS adjudicators will make fair and uniform decisions across the board when reviewing applications.

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IL immigration lawyerThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced it is updating its policy manual to reflect information on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients who travel outside of the United States and who are subject to deportation or removal proceedings. Specifically, this amendment covers those immigrants with final removal orders, who leave the United States and reenter with an advance parole travel document.

What Is an Advance Parole Travel Document?

In U.S. immigration matters, an advance parole travel document is temporary “approval” to travel outside of the United States. Nonimmigrants, including TPS immigrants, must obtain Advance Parole to receive permission to reenter the United States after traveling abroad without threatening their current status. This works similar to a visa when an immigrant lawfully enters the United States.

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, is used by immigrants to apply for an advance parole travel document. It can also be filed for other reasons, such as a re-entry permit or refugee travel document. This includes release into the United States for humanitarian reasons.

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IL immigration lawyerImmigration is a popular topic these days due to the current White House administration’s focus on securing our borders. If someone from another country wishes to become a United States citizen, it is not as easy as simply obtaining a passport and buying a plane ticket. A foreign national must complete many legal steps to immigrate to the United States. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers the country’s immigration and naturalization system. The USCIS recently released a set of guidelines on what to do if an alien’s conditional permanent residence status ends.

What Is Conditional Permanent Residence Status?

A Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) is when a foreign national is granted permanent resident status in the United States on a conditional basis. This can be a spouse of a U.S. citizen or an immigrant entrepreneur (investor). As a CPR, an alien receives a Green Card, which is valid for two years.

If a CPR wishes to become a permanent resident, he or she must file a petition to remove the conditional status within 90 days before the Green Card expires. The conditions must be removed or the immigrant will lose permanent resident status.

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IL immigration lawyerMany people all over the world have hopes and dreams of becoming a U.S. citizen. They may want to flee their homelands because of religious persecution there or to obtain a better education or career path here. In some extreme cases, foreign nationals are desperate to escape a dangerous situation. If the proper legal steps are not taken to lawfully enter the United States, criminal charges can result. For example, falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen can carry significant consequences.

Penalties for False Claims of Citizenship

Falsely claiming citizenship is a serious offense in the United States. The most common wrongful claims to citizenship occur in the below scenarios:

  • Registering to vote in a local, state, or federal election if prohibited from doing so
  • Checking “U.S. citizen” on an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form
  • Claiming to be a U.S. citizen on a student loan application
  • Attempting to obtain a U.S. passport
  • Claiming to be a U.S. citizen in order to obtain a citizenship benefit

Regardless if you misunderstood the directions on a form and mistakenly made a false claim to U.S. citizenship, you can be “removable” from the United States. The forms of punishment can include:

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