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DACA recipients, Chicago immigration lawyers, unlawful presence waivers, lawful permanent residents, immigration lawAfter the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be phased out after six months, 800,000 people from all walks of life are faced with questions. One group that has often been overlooked is the approximately 2,700 DACA recipients who are either serving or have signed contracts to serve in the United States military. Their situation is just as precarious as the others’, but they have arguably been betrayed more fully.

The MAVNI Program

Instituted under President Obama in 2009, the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program recruits immigrants with legal status (which DACA recipients do have) who are held to possess vital skills useful to the U.S. military, such as languages, nursing or physician’s abilities, or knowledge of mission terrain. More than 10,000 people have been recruited for the program, and to lose one-tenth of its personnel at once would be a significant issue for MAVNI and for the Armed Forces as a whole.

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detained at the airport, Chicago immigration attorneys,  lawful permanent residents, green card holders, immigration statusSince late January 2017, various iterations of an executive order on immigration have been in force at all U.S. ports of entry, but have seen the most controversy at airports. The most recent permutation as of this writing, after input from the Supreme Court in the form of an unsigned opinion, excludes non-citizen nationals from seven majority Muslim countries—Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen—unless they can prove a “bona fide relationship” to any “person or entity” in the United States.

However, the opinion does not define such a standard, which means that the definition is largely being left up to immigration personnel on the ground. This can cause problems for travelers, even if you are not a national of one of the seven countries on the president’s “list.”

Initial Detention

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DuPage County immigration attorneys, traveling on a green cardIt is not uncommon for lawful permanent residents (LPRs, or ‘green card’ holders) of the United States to sometimes forget they do not enjoy all the rights of citizenship. While most of the time, the restrictions on LPRs are minimal, there are times when they do directly interfere with plans that a U.S. citizen would have no trouble executing. Traveling is one of the most common instances of potential problems. LPRs planning travel need to be aware that there are rules they must obey, lest they be refused re-entry afterward.

Short Trips & Vacations

If an LPR wants to take a brief trip abroad, for pleasure or to visit family, he or she can generally do so with minimal hassle. He or she simply needs to ensure that all the requisite documents are acquired to return—namely, an unexpired green card and any identifying documents the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol may request—for example, a copy of a marriage certificate if you have changed your name since obtaining permanent resident status.

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DuPage County immigration attorneys, employment authorizationsMany who seek to come to the United States, either permanently or temporarily, seek the right to work in order to support themselves. However, depending on the type of visa one holds, he or she may or may not be able to do so. An employment authorization document (EAD) must be obtained.

There is a fair amount of misinformation surrounding employment authorizations, and it is imperative that you, as an arriving immigrant, understand the truth.

Who Needs an EAD?

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lawful permanent residents, Chicago Immigration AttorneysWhen a person is granted the status of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR, or ‘green card holder’), they are gifted with several new rights, but they also come with responsibilities that must be upheld. Many who attain LPR status have no idea of the obligations they now have, and it is important that you understand what is required lest you inadvertently break the law.


The “rights” of LPRs are in reality more appropriately called privileges, because the U.S. government may revoke your LPR status at any time if you fail to fulfill the conditions of having it. Still, the list of advantages that LPRs possess over those on immigrant visas is significant in terms of convenience and security. Some include the right (or privilege) to:

  • Live anywhere in the United States, with no restrictions;
  • Work at any job for which you are qualified;
  • Receive public benefits (if qualified) such as Social Security and Medicare; and
  • Purchase firearms (if no law exists that would disqualify you).
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