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b2ap3_thumbnail_immigration_20200302-172751_1.jpgMany people from other countries wish to become U.S. citizens through naturalization. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) governs the process that allows foreign nationals to enter the United States lawfully. In other situations, current permanent residents and U.S. citizens wish to bring their relatives to live and work in the United States. In order to enhance the efficiency of immigration proceedings, the USCIS is continually making updates to its policies and procedures. Starting on February 1, 2020, the Petition for Alien Relative will only be processed by USCIS if it is a domestic case or by the Department of State (DOS) for international cases.

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Form I-130 is the first step for an eligible relative to apply to immigrate to the United States and obtain a Green Card. This form is usually approved if it can be established that a relationship exists between you and your relative that qualifies for immigration to the United States. Once a petition is approved, the second step in the process is when the immigrant relative applies to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). In some cases, the family member must wait until a visa number is available before applying. An immigrant visa is always available for immediate family members (spouse of a U.S. citizen; unmarried child under 21 of a U.S. citizen; or parent of a U.S. citizen who is 21 or older).

Previously, USCIS provided specific services in their international offices, typically in countries where USCIS does not do a lot of work. Now, DOS will take over some of these services. Eligible active-duty military members who are based overseas can file their Form I-130 locally with DOS, and so will select non-military petitioners who meet designated criteria for consular processing.

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 IL immigration lawyerAnyone who has legitimate business in the United States may enter the country, on any number of valid immigrant visas. If they wish to remain in the country, they can do so, using a procedure called adjustment of status (AOS). However, they need to meet the criteria to do so, and not everyone will be able to. Understanding what the criteria are can save you money and trouble, as you can try to correct anything that needs correcting before you take the time to file.

Am I Eligible?

Before starting to file to adjust your status, you must determine whether or not you are eligible to do so from inside the country (in addition to knowing you are eligible for a green card, to begin with, meaning that you cannot have had any past immigration trouble, among other requirements). Some people can adjust status while still in the U.S., while others must leave and go through what the State Department calls consular processing in their home country.

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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, deportation order, lawful permanent resident, child immigrants, immigration statusWith the events occurring at the United States’ southern border, the status of young immigrants has been a hot button issue for everyone. While most of the problems in Texas and Arizona center around children who arrived in the U.S. with their parents, however, there are other categories under which a child may seek asylum or other lawful status in the country. One of the most common is as a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ), which is, as are so many other types, under attack.

The Basics

A person under age 21 can apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile status upon arrival in the United States if he or she can show that his or her protection of a juvenile court is required — usually because he or she has been abandoned or abused (or neglected, which is considered a form of abuse) by a parent — and all the criteria is met. If SIJ status is granted, it will often lead to a grant of lawful permanent residency (in other words, a green card).

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Chicago deportation defense attorneys, temporary protected status, deportation, non-immigrant visa, lawful permanent residentOn March 12, 2018, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco by representatives of immigrants from four countries, alleging that the end to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was racially motivated. Immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan filed in the Northern District of California seeking a reinstatement of TPS, or alternatively, a stay that would allow those with minor children of school age to remain until graduation. This is the third suit filed challenging the program’s end. While the decision will take time, these suits could wind up ultimately affecting TPS holders for the better.

TPS Provides Safety

Temporary Protected Status is a status granted by the Department of Homeland Security (formerly by the Attorney General) to nationals of countries deemed to have been affected by natural disasters or war to an extent where the country’s infrastructure has broken down. As of this writing, there are 10 countries whose nationals have TPS—Haiti, El Salvador, Somalia, Nicaragua, Nepal, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Honduras. All these countries have experienced either significant natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal, or periods of civil war or unrest, such as in Somalia or El Salvador.

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naturalization, Chicago naturalization attorneys, lawful permanent resident, Certificate of Naturalization, U.S. immigration lawMany immigrants come to the United States and never decide to become citizens, instead preferring lawful permanent resident (LPR) status or any other nonimmigrant visa. However, many do decide to take the proverbial leap, but remain confused at times about what naturalization requires. Refreshing one’s memory can be helpful.

Requirements to File

Before one begins the process, it is a good idea to ensure that he or she is even eligible to do so. A person is generally eligible to naturalize if he or she is over the age of 18, has good moral character (no convictions for aggravated felonies), and has been a permanent resident for at least 5 years, or 3 if he or she is married to a U.S. citizen.

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