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Chicago immigration lawyer, cancellation of removal, Customs & Border Patrol, deportation, green card holders, lawful permanent residents, Mevorah Law Offices LLC, non-permanent residentsRemoval proceedings can be terrifying. They can break up families and interrupt lives. When you or a loved one has been placed in removal proceedings, you have a few options. One of the most common prayers for relief from removal is a discretionary grant called cancellation of removal.

Cancellation of removal replaced an old program referred to as suspension of deportation (SoD). The problem with SoD is that it did not discriminate; it did not give a different standard to legal permanent residents (LPRs) who had been in the country lawfully and to people not lawfully in the United States. Cancellation of removal does have different standards for both categories, though in both cases, it is entirely at the discretion of the immigration judge.

Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs)

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Temporary Visitor Driver's License, undocumented immigrant, Illinois immigration lawyerIllinois is one of the most socially progressive states in America, making it a desirable place to live for immigrants and non-immigrants alike. Illinois is in the front of the pack among the states when it comes to three of the biggest social issues of the day – same-sex marriage, marijuana, and immigration. Ours was within the first 20 states to legalize medical marijuana and gay marriage, and among only 10 states so far to allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license. All three laws were passed last year, positioning Illinois as one of the leaders in granting civil liberties to its citizens.

Reasons Behind Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

The state’s reasons for issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants are the same as the reasons behind legalizing same-sex marriage and medical marijuana – it is both practical and the right thing to do. Supporters of same-sex marriage, and of greater immigration rights, argue that it is just to treat all people who reside in our country the same – granting everyone equal rights. Not everyone agrees, but regardless of your interpretation of individual rights under the U.S. Constitution, it is difficult to argue with the reality that undocumented immigrants are going to drive.

In fact, some estimate that in Illinois – the fifth most populated state – over 250,000 drivers are undocumented. Inevitably, these drivers get involved in accidents from time to time. The Illinois Highway Safety Coalition reports that undocumented drivers cause $64 million in damage claims each year. So, one practical approach to this problem is accepting the reality, and requiring that undocumented drivers learn the rules of the road and get a license and insurance.

Getting Your Driver’s License

Undocumented drivers, or non-visa immigrants who wish to drive, can now apply for what is called a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL). A Temporary Visitor Driver’s License is good for three years but may only be used for driving purposes – not as valid identification in other circumstances. Commercial driving licenses are not available – only class D, L, or M (car or motorcycle). Some of the requirements are listed below, but not all, so be sure to check with an official testing center, or call the state office at 855-236-1155.

The general Temporary Visitor Driver’s License requirements include:

  • Making an appointment at an approved facility (you may bring an interpreter);
  • Residing in Illinois for at least one year;
  • Passing a vision, written, and road exam;
  • Having current liability insurance on your vehicle; and
  • Bringing $30 to pay for the cost of the license.

The licensing facilities accept different forms of identification. Make sure you have everything required before going to your appointment. A list of required documents is published at the Illinois Cyber Drive website. After you have met all the requirements and passed the exams, your Temporary Visitor Driver’s License will be mailed to you.

Legal Assistance

If you are having difficulty getting your Temporary Visitor Driver’s License in Illinois, or if you need legal assistance with an automobile accident or any other immigration issue, please contact an experienced immigration attorney at Mevorah Law Offices LLC today.

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immigrant, car accident, train crash, personal injury, lawyer, attorney, immigrationOften in the aftermath of major accidents like the recent train crash at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, a number of lawsuits are filed. Workers who might have been injured on the job can file a claim under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, and injured customers and bystanders may file premises liability or personal injury lawsuits.

Generally, under United States law, injured persons are allowed to be compensated for losses caused by responsible parties. Sometimes, as in the case of workers’ compensation, there are specific guidelines spelled out in a state statute; these steps must be followed before the injured can recover. Other instances of injury may require a civil action lawsuit where a plaintiff, or injured party, files an action in the local courthouse, showing that he or she suffered damages and that the defendant was responsible. If the judge or jury is convinced, then the court enters an order requiring the defendant to pay the plaintiff some amount of money that might compensate him for the loss.

Can Immigrants Sue to Recover for Their Injuries?

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undocumented immigrant, drivers license, Illinois immigration lawyer, immigration attorneyIn 2013, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new measure into law that permits undocumented immigrants permission to apply for driver’s licenses. Illinois is the fourth and largest state to permit this, and while there are some concerns regarding identity fraud and related issues, Gov. Quinn and various others believe it is a necessary public safety measure. Facial recognition technology is a required step of the application process, which is what, they believe, will prevent any chance of identity fraud.

These new licenses are similar to those already issued to certain foreign-born, legal visitors in the state. All applicants must prove they have resided in Illinois for at least 12 months and must provide a valid passport or consular ID from their native country, as well as providing proof of their name, date of birth, and address. Applicants will be photographed, and their pictures will be entered into a state facial recognition database in order to verify their identity.

Currently, those undocumented immigrants wishing to apply for licenses may only do so at specific Secretary of State Offices.

These driver’s licenses are only temporary and will expire in three years. They will not be permitted to be used as identification for those uses such as voting or buying a gun.

Those in favor of the new law believe it will ultimately make Illinois roads safer for everyone because applicants are required to have insurance in order to be granted a license. Applicants must also pass a vision, written, and road driver’s test before receiving their license.

This is a huge step in immigrant rights movements in Illinois. If you or someone you know is currently an undocumented immigrant in Illinois has been denied the right to a driver’s license for reasons you believe unjust, do not be afraid to contact an experienced Illinois immigration attorney to assist you in fighting for your rights.

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military family, military immigrant, immigration reform, Chicago immigration lawyerAccording to a report by FoxNews.com, a memorandum issued by President Obama states that the government is planning on allowing some of the relatives of United States military members who are in the country illegally to stay.

In the President’s order, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be allowed to issue “parole in place” orders for spouses, children and parents of anyone who is currently serving in any branch of the U.S. military.

The president has made immigration reform one of the priorities of his administration since taking office. One of his earliest and most controversial policy changes was ordering the immigration department to locate and deport only the most serious criminal offenders. And last year, the president said the country would now be allowing young illegal immigrants a two year postponement of work permits and deportation.

Although the Senate earlier this year passed a bill that would move along the process of allowing the almost 11 million illegal immigrants in the country to become legal, its passage in the House does not look promising. Experts say the president has been frustrated by the otherwise slow and difficult process of his plans for reform and say this is why he has been making these policy changes as directives from his administration.

Just this past August, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were directed to examine just how the deportation of an illegal immigrant who was a parent or guardian of children to determine what their roles were in the child’s life and what impact the deportation of the adult would have on that child.

In an interview with ABC News, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said this new change in policy was a positive one and would help, “reduce the uncertainty our active duty and retired military personnel face because of the immigration status of their family members.”

With all the laws and policy changes, immigration law can be very complicated and confusing. If you have questions or need assistance with your immigration status, contact a qualified Lombard immigration attorney today.

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