Immigration is incredibly important to many Chicago families. A lawful immigration status ensures that families can stay together in the United States and that family members will be able to work to support the family as well. The best Chicago family immigration attorneys are right here at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan. Learn more about the many different options for family immigration:
There are many different types of visas that can be sponsored by family members. Consult with an attorney to learn whether you should apply for an immediate relative visa, a family preference visa, or a fiance visa. Selecting the wrong type of visa can result in costly delays that make the complicated immigration process even more difficult. Visas also come with a wide range of expiration dates, so it is important to carefully consider your future immigration plans to ensure your visa will not expire before you can make more permanent arrangements.
Once they have visas, family members can then seek out permanent resident status (commonly referred to as getting a “green card”). A green card allows the holder to live and work in the United States indefinitely, so this is a more permanent solution that is important for many families. An immigration attorney can help you apply for a green card in the manner that is appropriate for your situation, such as through an adjustment of status or consular processing.
Domestic violence is a serious issue that arises in some family green card cases. Abusers will often threaten to have the victim deported if they report abuse because the abuser is acting as the victim’s sponsor. Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act to combat this problem. In addition to other critical protections, VAWA allows victims of domestic violence to apply for their own green cards without requiring an abuser to be involved. This is an important tool that can help save lives. Consult with an attorney about your options under VAWA if you are suffering from domestic violence.
Once family members have their green cards for a certain period of time – often five years – they can apply for U.S. citizenship if they so choose. This means they must pass background checks of their criminal and immigration history, and they must also pass exams on English and American civics. The citizenship process can be complex with several requirements, so always discuss your eligibility with an experienced attorney.
Look no further for the “best Chicago family immigration attorneys” than the office of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan. Our experienced immigration attorneys work hard to help families stay together. Whether you need a visa, green card, or citizenship, our skilled legal team has the knowledge and experience necessary to make your immigration process as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced Chicago family immigration attorney.