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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

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1730 Park Street, Suite 202, Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-420-1000
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IL immigration lawyerThe issue of immigration and deportation has been in the news a lot lately, most recently with President Trump’s tweet about ICE raids. ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and it is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security. ICE was created by the U.S. government in 2003, partly in response to the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001. It is important to distinguish that ICE is separate from Customs and Border Protection, which is responsible for securing the United States’ borders with Canada and Mexico. The most recognized division of ICE is called the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This department of the agency arrests, detains, and deports illegal immigrants who are already in the United States.

Duties of an ICE Agent

All ICE agents and deportation officers with ERO are expected to uphold U.S. immigration law at all times within, at, and beyond U.S. borders. The primary duties of ICE agents are to:

  • Enforce customs and immigration laws
  • Protect federal facilities and commercial airlines
  • Apprehend, process, detain, and deport illegal or criminal aliens

In addition, part of the immigration agents’ job is to interview people seeking entry into the United States. These encounters with ICE agents can sometimes be nerve-wracking for the immigrants, but the agents must follow specific protocol. It is also important to understand that immigrants also have the right to remain silent and have an attorney present before answering any further questions. In a lot of cases, people dealing with ICE are undocumented immigrants, people in the United States on a visa, or green cardholders.

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IL immigration lawyerForeign travel is a wonderful way for people to see and experience other countries. Often times, a person will travel with family or friends or even a tour group. In general, a citizen of a foreign country who would like to come to the United States for any reason must first secure a visa. Different types of visas are available depending on the situation. A foreign national who wishes to visit the United States for tourism must first obtain a visitor visa (B-2). Tourism is defined here as a short visit for vacation, for visiting family and friends, for business purposes, but it can also include medical treatment. It is important to understand immigration laws if you or a loved one is applying for this type of visa.

Types of Visitor Visas

A visitor visa is considered a nonimmigrant visa since it is for a temporary stay. This is different than an immigrant visa, which is for people who are seeking permanent residence in the United States. Visitor visas can be for business, for tourism, or for a combination of both. Below are some examples of these types of visas.

Business (B-1)

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IL immigration lawyerThe topic of immigration has been in the news a lot lately. Just recently, President Trump announced the United States and Mexico agreed on a plan involving South American migrants seeking asylum in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, these immigrants will wait in Mexico until their hearing dates in U.S. immigration courts. It could take several months or even years for their claims to be adjudicated. During their stay, they will be granted rights and access to jobs, medical care, and education. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the plan is called “Remain in Mexico.” Proponents of the agreement believe it will help with the inflow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, but whether that is true remains to be seen.

Immigration Crisis

Prior to reaching this new agreement, the United States government had threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican goods coming into our country. This was in response to the overwhelming number of immigrants flooding the U.S.-Mexico border. Currently, people seeking asylum at the U.S. border are sometimes sent to detention centers, temporary shelters, or tent cities while they await processing of their claims. A lack of facilities and resources on the Mexican side caused a crisis situation. If there is not enough room, migrants can be released into the United States, where local charities offer help, but those resources also can become strained with the sheer number of people. That is why President Trump urged Mexico to adopt new policies.

Caravans with thousands of immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador seek asylum at the U.S. border every month. Previously, President Trump had wanted people fleeing violent conditions in their homeland to seek asylum in the first country they step foot in. Under the new DHS policy, they will not be required to seek asylum in Mexico first.

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IL immigration lawyerA visa is a permit to travel to, enter, and remain in the United States. A person wishing to enter the United States must meet several requirements before being allowed to enter. Under U.S. immigration law, the intended purpose of the applicant’s travel will determine what type of visa is required. There are two main categories of U.S. visas. A Nonimmigrant visa is for temporary visits such as for vacation, business, family, or studying. An Immigrant visa is for people who wish to immigrate to the United States and live here. The process of applying for and receiving an immigration visa can be complex, so it is important to understand which kind applies to your situation.

Nonimmigrant Visa

Nonimmigrant visas need to be obtained for a variety of reasons, but they are always for temporary stays or visits. Many people all over the world like to travel to other countries, and the United States is a popular destination. In other cases, foreigners come here to do business with a U.S-based company, or even to work on a project for a certain period of time.

Another reason for a nonimmigrant visa is to visit family who live in the States. This applies to situations in which a family member might be ill, and a relative wants to come to help care for him or her. Student visas are for anyone who is enrolled at a reputable educational institution in the United States. These visas do not require the student to obtain citizenship. Other examples of nonimmigrants who need visas to travel to the United States include athletes, nannies, actors, and media journalists, to name a few.

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IL immigration lawyerIf you have a criminal record in any country, your application for immigration to the U.S. may be denied. Immigration officials will evaluate the nature of your crime(s) to determine whether or not you are legally admissible. If you are deemed inadmissible on criminal grounds, you may be able to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility. Your eligibility for a waiver will depend on several factors including the seriousness of the crime and how long ago it occurred.

Definition of Inadmissibility on Criminal Grounds

You will generally be considered inadmissible if you have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or if you have multiple criminal convictions. Moral turpitude is broadly defined as acts involving fraud, inherently evil intent, violence against people, and distribution of controlled substances. For example, arson is a crime of moral turpitude because it involves inherently evil intent; trespassing is a crime but not one of moral turpitude.

Crimes That Do Not Require a Waiver of Inadmissibility

A conviction for a crime of moral turpitude will generally make you inadmissible. However, there are several exceptions to this rule commonly referred to as the juvenile, sentencing, and political exceptions. You do not need a waiver of inadmissibility for these crimes:

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