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Illinois immigration lawyerFor an immigrant to come to the U.S. on a fiancé(e) or family-based visa, they need an affidavit of support from a sponsor who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Typically, the sponsor role is fulfilled by the person who files the petition for immigration on behalf of their relative or fiancé(e). If you intend to serve as a sponsor, it is crucial that you understand your responsibilities and obligations and what may happen if you do not fulfill them.

Commitments Made in an Affidavit of Support

When you sign an affidavit of support for another person’s immigration, the primary commitment you make is to take financial responsibility for supporting that person once they become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S. After achieving LPR status, immigrants are legally permitted to work in the U.S., so they are often able to support themselves at least partially. However, if they cannot do so, you are responsible for providing for their financial needs.

It may come as a surprise that you will still be ultimately responsible for the person you sponsor even if they qualify for means-tested public benefits like Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Though the government may provide these benefits upfront, you will be expected to repay them in full. You will also remain responsible for a spouse whom you sponsor even if your marriage ends in divorce.

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illinois immigration lawyerOne of the factors contributing to the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is the influx of immigrants from Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, who are seeking refuge. In recent months, the Biden administration has made various efforts to address this crisis. Most recently, the administration announced the reinstatement of the Central American Minors (CAM) program with expanded eligibility criteria. As a result, parents and legal guardians of children in Central America may have more options for securing their legal immigration to the U.S.

About the Central American Minors Program

The CAM program began during the Obama administration and allowed certain qualifying parents with Central American citizenship to apply for legal refugee status for their qualifying children. Since the program’s inception, parents were eligible to apply if:

  • They were citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala.

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illinois imimgration attorneyIn our last blog post, we discussed defense options and strategies for immigrants facing deportation or removal. Since then, an Illinois House Bill addressing immigration has passed in the state Senate and is awaiting review by Governor Pritzker. If the bill is ultimately approved, it could provide additional support to those facing immigration court proceedings in Cook County.

What Does House Bill 2790 Include?

The recently passed HB 2790 would update a section of the Illinois Counties Code that addresses the types of cases in which public defenders are able to represent defendants at no cost. Currently, Illinois public defender services are limited to cases in criminal and juvenile court. HB 2790 would expand their services to immigration court cases, including those involving deportation and removal, but only “in counties with a population over 3,000,000”. Based on the most recent census data, this only applies to Cook County, with DuPage County being the next closest at only 929,060.

Despite the limitations of the bill, it would still represent a substantial change to Illinois immigration policy. Before now, the lack of access to public defender services has led many low-income immigrants to go without representation at their removal hearings. Taking advantage of state-provided, no-cost representation could help many immigrants remain in the U.S.

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Illinois immigration attorneyMuch of the conversation and public perception surrounding immigration in the United States is centered on the effects that it may have on the economy, with proponents of stronger borders frequently arguing that immigrants may take job opportunities from American citizens or become reliant on government resources for support. However, a number of studies in recent years present compelling counterpoints to these claims by showing the positive impact that immigrants can have on the national economy. Such research could prove promising for businesses seeking to hire immigrants, as well as individuals seeking to enter the U.S. for employment purposes.

Effects on Growth and Productivity in the Labor Force

Evidence suggests that growth in the size of the native-born labor force in the U.S. is stagnating, in large part due to declining birth rates and the aging of the sizable Baby Boomer generation. Economists argue that immigration can promote consistent growth and fulfill an important role in the workforce, especially in certain areas and industries. U.S. Census data shows that immigrants were the primary driving force of rural population growth over the last decade, and that immigrants make up at least 25 percent of the labor force in occupations ranging from farming and fishing, to maintenance, to food and apparel manufacturing.

Research also suggests that when immigrants fulfill important labor needs, businesses and local economies are often more productive, allowing them to grow and create more job opportunities for everyone in the area. In addition to the growth driven by immigrants without college degrees, economists argue that skilled immigrant workers in STEM fields have significantly boosted the U.S. economy over the last several decades, perhaps in part because of the diversity of ideas that they bring.

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Illinois immigration lawyersIf you are an immigrant living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident, you may still have family and friends whom you wish to visit in your native country, or it may simply be important for you to return to your country of origin occasionally to maintain a connection with your heritage. Fortunately, international travel is often possible for permanent residents, but it is important that you plan accordingly to ensure a smooth reentry and avoid negatively impacting your immigration status or chances of naturalization.

Preparing for International Travel as a Permanent Resident

Before traveling outside of the United States, you should make sure that you have all of the necessary documentation for exit and re-entry. This typically includes your passport from the country where you currently have citizenship, or in some cases your refugee travel document, as well as your Green Card and any travel visas required by the country to which you are traveling.

You should also be aware of any travel restrictions affecting your destination. The U.S. and countries throughout the world may restrict incoming or outgoing travel from certain locations, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it may be best to wait to plan a trip until a time of greater stability and lower health risks.

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