Immigration Lawyer Hinsdale

Immigration Lawyer Hinsdale

Open borders made the United States the nation it is today, but times have changed. Complex federal laws now control immigration, but these laws are constantly changed and subjectively applied. USCIS and consulate officers also have substantial discretion during the visa application and review process, further frustrating petitioners. 

For help adjusting your status, obtaining an immigrant visa, applying for citizenship, or bringing loved ones into the United States, discuss your case with an experienced immigration lawyer in Hinsdale at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. Connect with us online for a confidential immigration consultation. 

Options for Lawfully Living in or Immigrating to the United States

Petitioning for a Nonimmigrant Visa 

The United States offers both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Nonimmigrant visas provide temporary residency rights to over twenty different types of individuals, including: 

  • Students and visiting professors 
  • Religious workers 
  • Athletes, performers, and artists
  • Victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, or criminal activity 
  • Journalists and diplomats 
  • Temporary workers from Canada or Mexico 
  • Foreign military personnel 
  • Tourists and cultural exchange visitors 
  • Doctors and skilled scientists 
  • Patients in need of specialized medical treatment 
  • Citizens of countries facing temporary national emergencies 

Many foreign nationals in Hinsdale have nonimmigrant visas, but these visas expire quickly and subject holders to serious overstay penalties. If you wish to remain in the United States permanently, you must petition for an immigrant visa by requesting an adjustment of status.

Obtaining Your Green Card 

Immigrant visas are more limited as petitioners may obtain permanent residency status (“green cards”) once approved and subsequently become naturalized U.S. citizens. These visas are designed for individuals seeking to permanently stay in or move to the U.S. and currently include: 

  • Afghan and Iraqi translators and workers (on behalf of the U.S. Government or military) 
  • Immediate family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • Fiancés and spouses of lawful citizens/residents 
  • Highly qualified employees and/or business investors, such as star athletes, actors, or doctors
  • Certain religious workers 
  • Diversity immigrants (subject to national lotteries) 

Most non-citizens obtain status through family-based petitions or employer sponsorships. However, many immigrant visas have yearly limits that prioritize certain applicants. 

Benefits of Retaining an Immigration Lawyer in Hinsdale

The dedicated immigration lawyers at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., have over 45 years of experience helping clients and their families live the American dream. We might help noncitizens understand their rights following overstays, petition to change their status, renew their visas, or apply for citizenship. Additionally, we could help U.S. citizens and green card holders in Hinsdale lawfully bring their loved ones and adopted children to Chicago. 

If you do not qualify for a visa or are subject to a USCIS investigation, we might help you understand deferred action status, defend against removal proceedings, and request asylum. Special legal protections even exist for humanitarian purposes, individuals requiring dedicated medical treatment, or those suffering from political persecution and emergencies in their home countries. Whether you have lawful status or are seeking status, request a completely confidential consultation with our multilingual Hinsdale immigration team by contacting us online


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