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Chicago immigration attorney, K visa, permanent residency, lawful permanent residence, undocumented immigrantAn increasing number of people are traveling now than what used to be the case years ago; more people are enjoying other cultures and the people within them. Sometimes, love matches will result. If this does happen to you, you may be able to bring your future spouse to live in the United States with you, assuming you are able to obtain the right visa. While some people marry while abroad and then apply for a family-based immigrant visa, others bring their fiance(e) to the U.S. using a K visa.

What is a K Visa?

A K visa is a specific type of non-immigrant (not immigrant) visa intended for use by people whose entire purpose of coming to the United States on this particular trip is to marry a U.S. citizen. Many couples confuse the K visa with permanent residency, which can cause issues—holders of green cards may travel to and from the U.S. with relative impunity, but this is not the case with any kind of nonimmigrant visa (generally, nonimmigrant visa holders are restricted either to a finite number of entries or to a very short validity period for the visa itself).

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apply for asylum, seeking asylum, Chicago immigration attorney, asylum seekers, deported in absentiaIn 2014, the United States experienced a surge of migrants from Central and South America appearing seemingly en masse at its southern border. Many were deported upon encountering Customs & Border Patrol (CBP), but many were able to assert a claim of credible fear—they stated their intent to apply for asylum in the United States. 

Due to the immigration backlog in U.S. courts, many of these cases are just now coming up for review. However, a large portion of the asylum seekers have not appeared, and have been ordered removed in absentia.

While it may seem smart to not appear in court lest you be arrested, it is absolutely not the right choice to make. Failing to appear can actually make matters even worse for you.

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DACA program, Chicago deportation defense attorneys, Chicago immigration attorney, worker’s visa, Chicago immigrationAccording to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still open and accepting applications. However, as the site continues, it may be ‘terminated at any time.’ The status of the DACA program has wavered multiple times in recent months, due to pressure from the White House and various interest groups.

In June 2017, a group of Republican attorneys general added their voice to the discussion, trying to force the administration to rescind permissions that allowed DACA to go forward. This leads to significant confusion and alarm for those with DACA status. 

A Wavering White House 

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Chicago immigration attorneysOn January 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13769, entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The executive order instituted a number of changes to the nation’s policies and procedures regarding immigration and banned individuals from seven specified countries from entering the United States. The order—which has become known as a “travel ban”—prohibited entry into the U.S. for aliens from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for a period of 90 days.

According to reports, thousands of legally-issued travel visas were canceled immediately, and hundreds of travelers from these countries were denied entry. Some were even detained by immigration authorities. Within days, Washington state filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, claiming that the executive order was illegal and unconstitutional and asking for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would halt the order’s enforcement. Last week, a federal judge granted the TRO finding that the travel ban was likely to be proven unlawful. The federal government filed an emergency appeal asking for the TRO to be lifted.

Ninth Circuit Court Rules

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b2ap3_thumbnail_help-refugees-illinois.jpgThere will be coordinated humanitarian effort on January 30, 2017 to help those immigrants detained at O’Hare Airport as a result of the recently imposed ban on immigrants based upon nationality.  Attorney Matthew Sperry who is the Vice Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) Immigration Law Committee will be spearheading the effort to connect volunteers with organizations on the ground at O’Hare.  This is not a political event; it is a humanitarian effort.  That is the focus.  Organizations on the ground at O’Hare airport already have an apparatus in place and will be leading the effort.  Here is a message from Matt Sperry: 

Executive Orders were signed this past Friday suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, suspending Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking admissions for all visa holders and lawful permanent residents from seven different countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen) without notice.  Dozens of individuals across the country are being detained (including at O'Hare International Airport) at ports of entry pending removal (also called deportation), separating families, and permanent residents who have lived in the US for years are facing being stranded abroad.  There have also been  reports of individuals entering the US with dual citizenship (including dual US Citizenship) being detained, as well as a BBC reporter, Iraqi permanent residents who obtained their status through service to the U.S. military during the Iraq war, physicians, and permanent resident parents of US Citizen children under 21, among others. 

As of the time of drafting this email, there is pending federal litigation which includes a stay of removal as of Saturday night, but not detention. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Officials are continuing to detain individuals at O'Hare arriving on incoming flights.  In light of this humanitarian and constitutional crisis, several advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and Lawyers for Good Governance are offering pro bono assistance to individuals being detained by DHS, and are calling out for attorney volunteers to assist the detainees.  

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