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5 factors for extreme hardship in your removal proceeding

Facing deportation can be a scary time for you and your family. You may be wondering what options you have for defending yourself. Proof of “extreme hardship” can be helpful in many types of immigration relief. One of your options may be "a waiver of inadmissibility" You must also have a family member who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

How do you show “extreme hardship,” though? First, be aware that the extreme hardship must be on the family member, not the applicant. How the government looks at the factors may depend on whether the family member would stay in the U.S. without you, or leave with you.

What you should know about fiancé visas

People from all over the world are meeting and falling in love thanks to dating websites and social media. Though falling in love is an exciting time, couples may struggle to come together in the United States and get married.

If you want to marry a foreign fiancé in the United States, you will need to obtain a fiancé visa. To obtain a K-1 fiancé visa, you must intend to marry them within 90 days of entry into the country as a K-1 non-immigrant. This marriage must be valid with the intent to begin a life together.

Immigrants Are Not Criminals

Immigrants come to the United States for many reason. Some come to be with family. Some come for work. Some simply come for a better life. It should go without saying that immigrants are not criminals. Unfortunately, among many American citizens, the myth of the criminal immigrant continues.

One year after the travel ban and no end is in sight

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are still busy canceling resettlement interviews one year after President Donald Trump signed the first immigration ban that barred travel from Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. Trump enacted three different travel bans during the last year. All three banned travel from citizens within Muslim-majority countries. The first two bans also suspended the refugee resettlement program for 120 days.

A look at the statistics

What Is The Illinois TRUST Act?

Should law enforcement be able to detain people based only on their immigration status?

That is the question that the Illinois TRUST Act answers loud and clear. The act, which was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in August, prohibits police officers from stopping, detaining or arresting people just because they are undocumented immigrants.

Trump Blamed The Visa Lottery For A Terrorist Attack

President Donald Trump and his White House are using the Tuesday terrorist attack in New York City to push their goal of cutting legal immigration by misleading the public about the diversity visa lottery system. But immigration experts argue that early available evidence indicates the focus should be on preventing radicalization - and that eliminating the diversity lottery or blocking people from certain nations won't prevent such attacks.

Up Coming Event!

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 4pm-5:30pm Attorney Priscilla Orta will be attending the event Deconstructing the Good vs. Bad Immigrant Narrative. Attorney Priscilla will be speaking about immigration and the gang database. The event will be held at Roosevelt University-Chicago Campus, 430 South Michigan Avenue Sullivan Room, Chicago, IL 60605 and this event is welcomed to the public.

DACA Next Steps

Attorney Priscilla Orta will be speaking tonight at Chavez Elementary Multicultural Academy which is located at4747 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609. She will be speaking about the next steps for DACA tonight at 5:30pm with Senator Duckworth and U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.

DACA No Longer!

As of September 5, 2017 Immigration is no longer accepting DACA applications for those applying for the first time. Immigration will be accepting DACA renewal applications no later than October 5, 2017. Those who are reapplying for DACA are only eligible if their work permits are expiring between September 8, 2017 and March 5, 2018. If you have any concerns regarding DACA eligibility please call our Law Firm.

Rauner signs 'Illinois Trust Act'

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law on August 28, 2017 the Illinois Trust Act. The messure will prohibit police officers and other law enforcement officicals from stopping, detaining, or arresting anyone based on their immigration status or an immigration detainer. Rauner stated "Illinois has been welcoming of immigrants for a long time, and this bill will continue that tradition."

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