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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

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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 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a United States federal law that provided funds toward the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in unprosecuted cases. In addition, the Act formed the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. Unfortunately, many undocumented immigrant women are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. These crimes can take place in their home countries or when they try to enter the United States. However, there are forms of relief available.

Immigrants Who Are Victims of Abuse

Immigrant women can be the victims of domestic violence when they enter the country, while working, and even within their own homes. Female immigrants who are victims of abuse often fail to report such crimes for fear of deportation. Fortunately, federal immigration law provides relief in several forms of protection for immigrant women.

U visas are available for victims of certain crimes, while victims of domestic violence may petition for relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). U visas and VAWA petitions can be complicated, and it is important to understand the qualifications for them.

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IL immigration attorneyThe opportunity to work in the United States is a dream for many people all over the world. In some cases, qualified workers wish to share their knowledge and experience with American employers. The United States immigration system allows for some immigrants to enter the country on a work visa. An employment-based visa can be an ideal way to obtaining a Green Card and eventually permanent residence status. Not only does it take significantly less time than family-based immigration, but employers willing to sponsor foreign nationals have access to resources that can help pave the way for a successful immigration application. These employment-based visas can be for individuals who work in a variety of fields or industries. The application process can be intimidating, so it is important to seek professional legal counsel to ensure you are completing the necessary paperwork.

Different Categories of Work Visas

Every fiscal year, approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are available to qualified applicants under U.S. immigration law. Employment-based immigrant visas are separated into five “preference” categories. The employment preference categories typically classify jobs by the level of education necessary to perform the job. Below are the different types of categories:

  • Employment Preference (E1): Person with extraordinary abilities (artists, athletes, professors, executives, scientists, Nobel Prize winners)
  • Employment Preference (E2): Persons with advanced degrees (accountants, civil, chemical and computer engineers, investment managers, business analysts, and chemists)
  • Employment Preference (E3): Skilled workers with two years of training or professional experience or a Bachelor’s degree or unskilled workers who have less than two years of experience or who are in non-seasonal jobs
  • Employment Preference (E4): Missionaries, broadcasters, former NATO, Panama Canal workers, Iraqi and Afghan translators, certain retired NATO-6 civilians and their families, some foreign medical graduates, certain retired international organization employees
  • Employment Preference (E5): Foreign investors in commercial enterprises that will create new jobs in the United States

Based on an approved petition, an applicant’s spouse and any unmarried minor children (under 21), may also apply for immigrant visas. They must also fill out required application forms, obtain necessary civil documents, pay the fees, and provide proof of medical examinations.

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IL immigration lawyerMany people around the world wish to enter the United States lawfully to start a new life. Under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a person can sponsor an individual for a family-based Green Card, which is also referred to as U.S. lawful permanent residence. In the majority of these most cases, an Affidavit of Support for that person must be filed using USCIS Form I-864. Sponsoring a friend or loved one to come to the United States is a serious responsibility that must not be taken lightly. It is important to understand the legal ramifications of this immigration undertaking.

Who Can Be a Sponsor?

Any person wishing to be a financial sponsor for an immigrant must meet several qualifications to be approved for this role. Each sponsor must be all of the following:

  • A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • At least 18 years old
  • Reside in the United States or a U.S. territory or possession

Affidavit of Support

U.S. immigration law requires an immigrant’s sponsor to sign an Affidavit of Support according to the Immigration and Nationality Act, which pledges financial support for the sponsored immigrant. Upon signing and submitting this official document or a “Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member,” the sponsor agrees to use his or her financial resources to support the designated immigrant. This also includes reimbursement for the cost of any public benefits that the sponsored person receives while the obligation is in effect.

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IL immigration attorneyDeceitful promises of a new career and a better life in the United States is a very common fabrication that human traffickers will tell immigrants. Ranging from kidnapping to the purchase and resale of human beings, thousands of individuals are trafficked into sex slaves or labor services every day; human trafficking is one of the most prevalent crimes in the world. Nonimmigrant victims that are in the U.S. are often too afraid to come forward due to his or her legal status to remain in our country. The Victims of Trafficking in Persons (T) nonimmigrant visa can provide support to undocumented immigrants that fear deportation.

How to Qualify for a T Visa

According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), the only federal agency allowed to designate immigrants as human trafficking victims and make them eligible for benefits and services is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In order to be considered for a T visa, the individual must:

  • Physically be in the U.S. for the trafficking
  • Be forced into a drastic form of human trafficking
  • Provide evidence that extreme adversity would result if they left the U.S.

When a victim is granted a T-1 visa, that individual is allowed to remain in the U.S. for as long as four years in order to help the authorities with the investigation and prosecution of human traffickers. If qualified, T-1 visa holders may also adjust their status to full-residency, and obtain their Green Card.

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IL immigration lawyerBeing granted the opportunity to attend an academic institution or vocational training program in the United States is an achievement for any foreign student to accomplish. Upon being authorized to study at the preferred institution, incoming visitors must also be granted a student visa to support their time in the United States. A student visa is a form of documentation that allows a citizen of a foreign country to enter the United States for educational purposes.

Student Visa Categories

Upon being accepted to his or her desired school of choice, the incoming student must register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Once certified, the pupil will receive a “Form I-20,” a required document for any international student. The remaining action would be to apply for the correct student visa category, which is distinguished into two classifications:

  • Category F-1 would be for people looking to attend a private elementary school, high school, university/college, seminary, conservatory, or any different educational institution, such as a language training program.
  • Category M-1 applies to anyone who is seeking vocational training or is enrolled in another non-academic institution.

Within each category, there is a visa available for the student’s spouse or minor child so that they would be able to accompany the student.

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