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IL immigration lawyerIn the United States, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Established by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance, it raises awareness about the importance of cyber security. There is no doubt that our society has become increasingly reliant on technology to perform many kinds of tasks, from navigation to mobile banking to even robotic surgery. Many career paths now focus on science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM), which can directly impact advances in the field of cyber security. Recent legislation has made it possible for those people wishing to immigrate to the United States to potentially seek asylum through STEM education.

What Is the IDEA Act?

The Immigration Driving Entrepreneurship in America (IDEA) Act allows individuals receiving advanced degrees in the STEM fields from acclaimed American universities to seek green cards. It grants green cards to entrepreneurs with a certain amount of venture capital funds who agree to open their start-up businesses in the United States or who can show that their company has created a minimum of 10 new jobs for American workers.

It amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a priority worker immigrant visa for a foreign national who has the following qualifying conditions:

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IL immigration lawyerGreen cards are immigrant visas that confer permanent residence. Under the current immigration system, there are “per-country caps” put on the number of green cards issued. In certain categories, no country may receive more than 7 percent of the available green cards. Recently, the House of Representatives passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 bill. The Act eliminates the per-country limit for employment-based immigrant visas, and increases the per-country limit for family-sponsored immigrant visas. The bill hopes to remove the backlogs for highly skilled workers coming from larger countries, permitting them to work and obtain permanent resident in the United States, as well as their spouses and children.

The Pros

  • Increases the level of H-1B visas and employment-based green cards
  • Addresses the backlog and expedites the process for permanent residency quicker.
  • Brings additional skilled talent to the United States, making the country more competitive in the global market.
  • Unites families who were separated due to the long waiting periods.

The Cons

  • Eliminating the limit for each country could potentially bring in a large number of immigrants who would put a strain on the processing limits and back up the system again.
  • The per-country cap might be the only way the United States can control the high number of immigrants entering from a specific country.
  • Eliminating the existing cap will potentially make the distribution of these visas in favor of India and China, two dominant countries.

Although the bill has been praised as a wise move to increase the availability for needed highly skilled workers, it has also faced criticism regarding its secretive nature. Enough Republicans joined the Democrat-held House in giving the necessary votes for it to pass without discussion. It will likely be under scrutiny in the Republican-held Senate. U.S. labor unions will lobby against it in an attempt to protect the American worker from losing his or her job. The bill will most likely be sent back to the House after the Senate has proposed amendments to it.

Contact an Illinois Immigration Lawyer

Immigration is a very important issue these days. Coming to the United States means a new life for many people who are fleeing unsafe conditions in their native lands. There are many steps to the citizenship process, so it is imperative you understand the laws as they pertain to you or your loved ones hoping to immigrate. Mevorah Law Offices LLC assists clients in achieving their dreams of becoming a U.S. citizen. Call a dedicated Illinois immigration attorney at 630-932-9100 today to schedule a free consultation.

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IL immigration lawyerOn September 24, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed draft of alterations to be made to immigration rules surrounding public assistance. The suggested rule change would drastically expand the categories of public assistance which would have a negative effect on a later green card or citizenship application. This has been proposed before, but the proposal is now more fleshed out and stands a chance of being adopted. This could pose real problems for immigrants later on.

A Racist and Ableist History

The initial public charge law came into being in the 1880s, before the Chinese Exclusion Act, and it explicitly barred “idiots, lunatics, convicts” and anyone “likely to become a public charge,” arguing that immigrants must be able to support themselves financially and be self-sufficient. The law was rigidly enforced until after World War II when its enforcement began to dwindle upon the general public becoming more aware of its eugenic roots. Public charge has remained on the books, but only selectively enforced, since then, though it briefly was in the news in the 1990s after efforts at welfare reform.

Not until earlier in 2018 has the law been discussed in the same problematic terms as it was at its inception, with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declaiming that all immigrants must be able to support themselves financially. While on paper this is logical, the problems are clear: this would openly discriminate against disabled people, as well as those from developing countries that would simply not be able to meet the threshold for assets that would be required.

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IL immigration lawyerSometimes, someone seeking a way to stay in the U.S. may have nothing tangible to rely on. They may not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or have a valid asylum claim, and they cannot adjust status because of a criminal record or because they arrived in the country as an undocumented immigrant. In these types of situations, especially if you are in removal proceedings, the best option that may be available is called cancellation of removal. It will not work for everyone, but it may be a possible method by which you or a loved one can remain in the United States.

Mostly For LPRs

Cancellation of removal is a form of deportation relief that is almost entirely discretionary, meaning that the immigration judge in charge of your case can choose whether or not to exercise it. This is markedly different from other methods of relief, which are usually codified in the law - for example, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) explicitly contains language allowing some abuse victims to adjust status to that of a green card holder if they can prove certain facts about their mistreatment. Cancellation of removal is sometimes called prosecutorial discretion, even though it is most often judges (not prosecutors) who are able to use it.

Cancellation of removal is available most often to people who are lawful permanent residents (LPRs), or in other words, green card holders. The Attorney General may exercise their prerogative to cancel the removal of any green card holder who has (1) resided in the U.S. for at least 7 years while in legal status; (2) has been an LPR for at least 5 years; and (3) has not been convicted of any aggravated felony - in other words, does not have a major criminal record.

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Chicago immigration lawyer, ICE, U.S. citizens, undocumented immigrant, ICE arrestWhile no one wants to contemplate the idea, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) does make mistakes. After a certain period of time, these stop being mistakes, and become agency policy. Such has become the case—or very near the case—with ICE arrests of U.S. citizens.

While obviously, rescinding such a policy is the option most likely to restore agency credibility, in the meantime, it is imperative for both immigrants and U.S. citizens to be aware that this may conceivably be an option. It should never happen, but when it does, too often the arrestee may be caught off guard.

Recent Issues Place Deportation Detention in Focus

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