If you are facing an immigration problem, you need the best immigration lawyers in Chicago. Only an experienced lawyer can help you find the right legal status, or appropriate legal grounds, or applicable defense to deportation proceedings. Learn more about how one of the best immigration lawyers in Chicago can help secure your legal right to live and work here in the United States:
A visa can be sponsored by a family member or employer. It can also be granted to students who are able to verify that they attend school in the United States. Visas are generally only valid for a limited period, and not all visas allow the bearer to work while in the United States. This is why many visa holders eventually seek the next level of immigration protection: lawful permanent residency.
Permanent residency (also known as a “green card”) allows an immigrant to live and work in the United States. A green card must be renewed but is generally valid for much longer than a visa. This gives green card holders more security in their ability to build a life here in the United States.
After a person has been lawfully present in the United States for the required length of time, he or she may apply for citizenship. There will be a background check to confirm that the applicant does not have any disqualifying criminal convictions or immigration violations. The applicant must also pass tests on English proficiency and civics (including topics of American history and government).
Once the applicant has passed these tests and all required background checks, he or she will be invited to take the Oath of Allegiance. At this point, the applicant becomes an official citizen of the United States. This means that he or she may vote and enjoy other constitutional protections. It also means that he or she cannot be deported: the government can attempt to remove them through the lengthy denaturalization process, but this is far more complicated than the removal process for visa or green card holders.
Congress has enacted special immigration protections on humanitarian grounds. This means that victims of human trafficking, political persecution, domestic violence, and other specified crimes might be eligible for a visa or green card on those grounds. There are very specific requirements for those seeking asylum or entry on other humanitarian grounds. Be sure to consult with an immigration attorney so you are sure that you are eligible and can prove your case to immigration officials.
The experienced Chicago immigration lawyers at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan can help with visas, permanent residency, and citizenship cases. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. Whether you are an employee, family member, student, or victim seeking humanitarian immigration status, we can help you secure your legal right to be in the United States.