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Immigration

IL immigration lawyerImmigration issues have been in the news over the past few years, specifically tensions at the U.S. - Mexico border. However, there are many aspects to how the immigration process works. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers our country’s naturalization and immigration system. The U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a bureau of the DHS that targets illegal immigrants, particularly those who promote terrorism and other criminal activities. In some cases, foreigners may enter our country illegally without following the proper procedures. When illegal immigrants are detained by ICE, they are given a Notice to Appear (NTA) as part of the deportation/removal process and officials decide whether to set or deny an immigration bond .

What Is an Immigration Bond?

An immigration bond is a type of measure used to secure the release of an individual living unlawfully within the United States from the custody of the DHS. Immigration bonds are used for Green Card holders or undocumented immigrants who are detained by ICE agents and awaiting the results of their case.

Similar to an insurance contract, the bond is what the USCIS requires as a guarantee that someone will attend all of his or her immigration hearings. If an individual misses one hearing, he or she risks being deported without the opportunity to ask a judge for permission to stay in the United States.

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IL immigration lawyerThe Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a United States federal law that provided funds toward the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in unprosecuted cases. In addition, the Act formed the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. Unfortunately, many undocumented immigrant women are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. These crimes can take place in their home countries or when they try to enter the United States. However, there are forms of relief available.

Immigrants Who Are Victims of Abuse

Immigrant women can be the victims of domestic violence when they enter the country, while working, and even within their own homes. Female immigrants who are victims of abuse often fail to report such crimes for fear of deportation. Fortunately, federal immigration law provides relief in several forms of protection for immigrant women.

U visas are available for victims of certain crimes, while victims of domestic violence may petition for relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). U visas and VAWA petitions can be complicated, and it is important to understand the qualifications for them.

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IL immigration attorneyThe opportunity to work in the United States is a dream for many people all over the world. In some cases, qualified workers wish to share their knowledge and experience with American employers. The United States immigration system allows for some immigrants to enter the country on a work visa. An employment-based visa can be an ideal way to obtaining a Green Card and eventually permanent residence status. Not only does it take significantly less time than family-based immigration, but employers willing to sponsor foreign nationals have access to resources that can help pave the way for a successful immigration application. These employment-based visas can be for individuals who work in a variety of fields or industries. The application process can be intimidating, so it is important to seek professional legal counsel to ensure you are completing the necessary paperwork.

Different Categories of Work Visas

Every fiscal year, approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are available to qualified applicants under U.S. immigration law. Employment-based immigrant visas are separated into five “preference” categories. The employment preference categories typically classify jobs by the level of education necessary to perform the job. Below are the different types of categories:

  • Employment Preference (E1): Person with extraordinary abilities (artists, athletes, professors, executives, scientists, Nobel Prize winners)
  • Employment Preference (E2): Persons with advanced degrees (accountants, civil, chemical and computer engineers, investment managers, business analysts, and chemists)
  • Employment Preference (E3): Skilled workers with two years of training or professional experience or a Bachelor’s degree or unskilled workers who have less than two years of experience or who are in non-seasonal jobs
  • Employment Preference (E4): Missionaries, broadcasters, former NATO, Panama Canal workers, Iraqi and Afghan translators, certain retired NATO-6 civilians and their families, some foreign medical graduates, certain retired international organization employees
  • Employment Preference (E5): Foreign investors in commercial enterprises that will create new jobs in the United States

Based on an approved petition, an applicant’s spouse and any unmarried minor children (under 21), may also apply for immigrant visas. They must also fill out required application forms, obtain necessary civil documents, pay the fees, and provide proof of medical examinations.

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IL immigration lawyerMany people around the world wish to enter the United States lawfully to start a new life. Under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a person can sponsor an individual for a family-based Green Card, which is also referred to as U.S. lawful permanent residence. In the majority of these most cases, an Affidavit of Support for that person must be filed using USCIS Form I-864. Sponsoring a friend or loved one to come to the United States is a serious responsibility that must not be taken lightly. It is important to understand the legal ramifications of this immigration undertaking.

Who Can Be a Sponsor?

Any person wishing to be a financial sponsor for an immigrant must meet several qualifications to be approved for this role. Each sponsor must be all of the following:

  • A U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • At least 18 years old
  • Reside in the United States or a U.S. territory or possession

Affidavit of Support

U.S. immigration law requires an immigrant’s sponsor to sign an Affidavit of Support according to the Immigration and Nationality Act, which pledges financial support for the sponsored immigrant. Upon signing and submitting this official document or a “Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member,” the sponsor agrees to use his or her financial resources to support the designated immigrant. This also includes reimbursement for the cost of any public benefits that the sponsored person receives while the obligation is in effect.

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IL immigration lawyerThe topic of immigration has been in the news a lot lately, especially with this administration’s proposed changes at the U.S./Mexico border. Regardless of any new legislation, the U.S. immigration process can be confusing and intimidating to people who wish to enter the United States. However, the procedures and regulations are necessary to make sure immigrants enter legally. If people from another country are in the United States illegally, they face removal (deportation) hearings. These cases could take months or even years to reach a resolution. That is why it is important to speak to an attorney who has experience in handling immigration court proceedings.

Court Proceedings

Removal or deportation proceedings begin when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency issues a “Notice to Appear” (NTA). The NTA is a formal document against a person (respondent) because he or she entered or is present in the United States without authorization. The NTA lists the specific legal reasons why authorities believe that you are in the country unlawfully. It also serves as notification that you will be scheduled for immigration proceedings in the immigration court. Depending on how busy the court system is, the first hearing may not be for months. However, if someone has been detained by immigration officials, the hearing will take place as soon as possible.

Immigration proceedings occur in three stages:

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