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Immigration

Chicago family immigration attorneysIf you are a U.S. citizen in a romantic relationship with someone from another country, it is understandable that you would want your partner to be able to live with you in the United States. Fortunately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers a couple of options that can make this possible, but it is important that you understand which is best for your situation and the different requirements involved with obtaining either a fiancé or spousal visa.

Requirements for a Fiancé Visa

A fiancé, or K-1, visa is an option in most cases where a U.S. citizen is engaged to a non-U.S. citizen who is currently living outside of the United States. To be eligible to apply for a K-1 visa, you and your partner both must be legally able to marry, you must have met each other in person within two years of your application, and you must intend to marry within 90 days after your fiancé arrives in the United States.

To start the process of obtaining a fiance visa, the U.S. citizen needs to file a Petition for Alien Fiancé, Form I-129F. If the petition is approved, the foreign fiancé will need to apply for a K-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy in his or her country of residence. After your fiancé arrives in the U.S. with a valid K-1 visa, you must marry within 90 days, after which your spouse can apply to obtain a Green Card and become a lawful permanent resident. However, if you do not marry within 90 days, your fiancé must leave the United States or risk deportation.

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Illinois immigration lawyersIf you are an immigrant living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident, you may still have family and friends whom you wish to visit in your native country, or it may simply be important for you to return to your country of origin occasionally to maintain a connection with your heritage. Fortunately, international travel is often possible for permanent residents, but it is important that you plan accordingly to ensure a smooth reentry and avoid negatively impacting your immigration status or chances of naturalization.

Preparing for International Travel as a Permanent Resident

Before traveling outside of the United States, you should make sure that you have all of the necessary documentation for exit and re-entry. This typically includes your passport from the country where you currently have citizenship, or in some cases your refugee travel document, as well as your Green Card and any travel visas required by the country to which you are traveling.

You should also be aware of any travel restrictions affecting your destination. The U.S. and countries throughout the world may restrict incoming or outgoing travel from certain locations, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it may be best to wait to plan a trip until a time of greater stability and lower health risks.

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IL immigration lawyerThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently updated its policy guidelines regarding residency requirements in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to adhere to the Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act that was just put in place. The INA was enacted in 1952, and it contains many important provisions of immigration law. However, it has been amended over the years to reflect societal and legal changes. Per the new law, children of immigrants who are stationed overseas for government or military work are automatically granted citizenship.

Immigration and Nationality

Under this new legislation, a child who is not born in the United States can receive automatic citizenship according to INA 320. This applies to a son or daughter who is living in any country other than the United States, as long as the child is recognized as a lawful permanent resident (LPR). Also, his or her parent must be a U.S. citizen and have physical and legal custody of the child. The following must also apply to the parent:

  • Is a member of the U.S. military stationed and living outside of this country
  • Is a U.S. government employee stationed and living outside of this country
  • Is married to a U.S. military member living outside the United States or is a U.S. government worker assigned to work in another country

In addition, the child must meet all relevant requirements to obtain citizenship, with the exception of the typical residence stipulation that is included with INA 320. In immigration cases that involve those who are part of the U.S. Armed Forces, the child and the other parent (who is a U.S. citizen) must have permission to live abroad with the military member based on the member’s official orders.

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IL immigration lawyerThe United States immigration process can be a complicated and intimidating endeavor. There are many forms and documents that an applicant must fill out to legally enter the country. Part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency that oversees lawful entry to America. The USCIS website provides information on different visas that permit immigrants to come to the United States to live and work. However, if a person is hoping to start a new life or join other family members here, or if he or she is facing removal, it is essential that he or she seeks the help of an experienced immigration attorney who can help navigate the complex legal proceedings.

Understanding the Legal Aspect of Immigrating to the United States

Coming to the United States can be life-changing for an immigrant. In some cases, he or she may be fleeing religious persecution or to obtain a better occupation. Regardless of the reasons for immigrating, legal counsel can expedite the process, strengthen a case, and ensure an immigrant’s rights are protected. In removal proceedings, the government always has an attorney present, so the person facing deportation is entitled to legal representation, too.

Unintentionally making a mistake by filing the wrong document can cost undocumented immigrants if they have to resubmit it and pay an application fee for a second time. Certain filings have a timeline in which they must be completed; otherwise, immigrants risk losing that relief if it is not done on time and correctly.

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IL immigration lawyerThe health crisis of COVID-19 has affected millions of people across the globe. Governments issued executive orders to close certain businesses and keep citizens home by limiting gatherings in an effort to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus. Many employees in all types of industries have been temporarily laid off or furloughed due to the economic hardship the coronavirus has inflicted on the world. Some business owners have even been forced to sell or dissolve their companies altogether. The economic hardship that the world is experiencing has impacted the immigration process as well. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) manages the processing of applications for work permits, U.S. citizenship, Green Cards, and other immigration benefits. USCIS recently announced it would not furlough more than 13,000 employees as the agency had originally planned.

According to Deputy USCIS Director for Policy Joseph Edlow, the agency was able to avoid furloughing approximately 70 percent of its workforce because its financial situation had improved slightly since the spring after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant drop in petitions. Despite employee furloughs being canceled, for the time being, USCIS said it has to implement spending cuts to avoid immediate hardship on its employees. These budget cuts will impact all aspects of the agency, including its contracts.

Since USCIS is a fee-for-service organization, it relies on the revenue collected through visitor petitions and citizenship applications in order to keep the agency running. The pandemic has severely reduced its operating budget and forced the agency to ask Congress for $1.2 billion in emergency funding to continue operations at the start of the next fiscal year.

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