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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

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134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

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Phone: 630-932-9100

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Phone: 630-420-1000
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IL immigration lawyerImmigration can be a complex process that involves many legal steps. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) manages the nation’s immigration system by safeguarding its integrity. USCIS fairly adjudicates requests for immigration benefits while protecting American citizens and securing our country. U.S. immigration laws include different rules governing whether non-citizens may be deported back to their native country or prohibited from entering the United States. The laws separate these grounds into two distinct categories: grounds of inadmissibility and grounds of deportability. It is important to understand what actions constitute both of these since it can significantly alter the outcome of an immigration case.

Grounds for Inadmissibility

These grounds apply to an individual who would like to be admitted to the United States, including entry and the right to remain in the country legally with a Green Card, also known as lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.

The behavior or characteristics that can cause a person to be classified as inadmissible include:

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IL immigration lawyerIn response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the United States federal government has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This stimulus package will allocate trillions of dollars to struggling citizens and businesses due to the economic downturn that the virus has caused. Many people all over the world may have questions regarding government services during this uncertain time, such as the immigration process. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the Public Charge Rule will not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

The Public Charge Rule and Stimulus Payments

According to U.S. immigration law, the Public Charge Rule outlines that immigrants to the United States who are classified as “likely” to become a Public Charge may be denied visas or lawful entrance to the country based on their disabilities or inadequate economic resources.

The new Public Charge Rule took effect in February of this year. The new rule affects individuals who are applying for green cards and visas from within the United States, known as “Adjustment of Status.” The new rule elaborates on the types of publicly funded programs that are used to assess if a person is likely to become a public charge in the future.

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IL immigration lawyerImmigration can be a complicated and lengthy process, with many legal steps to complete. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). USCIS manages the naturalization and immigration system for the country. This includes processing and adjudicating different matters, including applications for work visas, asylum, and citizenship. The agency is also tasked with safeguarding national security, eliminating immigration case backlogs, and improving efficiency. The USCIS Policy Manual is an online archive for the agency’s immigration policies. Recently, USCIS added an update to the manual to clarify the requirements surrounding naturalization applicants’ absences from the United States.

LPR Requirements

Lawful permanent residence (LPR) means a non-citizen is authorized to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, that person is issued a permanent resident card, also known as a Green Card. Anyone who wishes to immigrate to the United States is not eligible until he or she completes the required time period of continuous residence as a lawful permanent resident.

A naturalization applicant typically must reside for a continuous period in the United States after his or her LPR admission for at least five years prior to filing the naturalization application. In addition, he or she must reside here until the application is accepted. According to the law, if an applicant is away from the United States 6-12 months during the statutory period, he or she is assumed to have broken the continuity of this residence. USCIS adjudicators are responsible for determining whether naturalization applicants have broken their continuous residence when reviewing naturalization applications.

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IL immigration lawyerThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security that controls the country’s naturalization and immigration system. There have been many changes to immigration laws under the current White House administration, often garnering a lot of news coverage. For those seeking asylum in the United States, understanding the required legal process is the first step in entering the country lawfully. The USCIS recently declared that it will accept applications to adjust the status for select Liberian nationals to lawful permanent resident (LPR). This adjustment is possible according to the National Defense Authorization Act’s “Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness” (LRIF) doctrine starting for the Fiscal Year 2020.

What Are the Qualifications for LPR Adjustment of Status?

Lawful permanent residents, commonly referred to as Green Card holders, are non-citizens who are legally allowed to live in the United States on a permanent basis. To qualify for a Green Card with LRIF, a Liberian national must meet several criteria before applying, such as the following:

  • File Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Is a national of Liberia
  • Has been residing in the United States for a continuous period from Nov. 20, 2014, until the date Form I-485 is correctly filed
  • Is eligible for an immigrant visa
  • Allowed in the United States for LPR status or is eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility or another type of relief

It is also important to know that the spouses, unwed children under 21, and unwed offspring who are age 21 or older of qualifying Liberian nationals may also be entitled to permanent residence. The USCIS will accept properly filed applications until Dec. 20, 2020, which is approximately one year from when the LRIF was put into place.

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IL immigration attorneyThe U.S. immigration process can seem intimidating to someone who has never stepped foot in the United States before. An immigrant cannot simply come here without having proper documentation. There are many terms and designations that foreign nationals need to understand if they want to enter the country legally. A person from a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States lawfully must first obtain a visa, which is a travel document issued by the individual’s country of citizenship. There are different types of visas, so it is imperative that those going through the immigration process understand which visas are available to them. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the countries that are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs.

Who Made the Cut?

For the year 2020, the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, in concurrence with the Office of the Secretary of State, that the countries designated eligible in 2019 will remain the same. DHS has the authority to add countries to the list at any time. They can also remove a country if DHS and DOS determine that a country fails to qualify for classification. Examples of circumstances that may lead to the exclusion or removal of a country from the list include:

  • Fraud
  • Abuse
  • Denial statistics
  • Overstay rates
  • Human trafficking

In addition, any other forms of noncompliance with the qualifications of the H-2 visa by nationals of that country would render a country ineligible.

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