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What is the VAWA Battered Spouse Waiver?

October 17, 2017

by: Justin Burton

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. One section of this legislation, which provides many different protections for domestic violence victims, amended a part of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to provide immigration relief for victims of spousal abuse. Specifically, certain green card holders are able to self-petition for a VAWA battered spouse waiver. Here, our experienced Chicago VAWA attorneys explain the basics about this process. Self-Petitioning: Explained If a person has obtained a green card through their marriage to an American legal...

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Do You Qualify for Faster Immigration Processing?

October 3, 2017

by: Justin Burton

If you have ever dealt with any aspect of the American immigration system, you know how slow the process can be. Unfortunately, in recent years, things have only been getting worse. We are currently seeing record immigration-related backlogs. According to the most recent data from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the immigration application backlog reached a record high earlier this year, with more than 550,000 cases currently pending in immigration court. It is not just court cases that are slow. Sending in an application and getting a response from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can also take a frustrating...

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Chicago Sues the Department of Justice in Effort to Recover Funding, Remain a Sanctuary City

September 19, 2017

by: Justin Burton

During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to cut off certain federal funds to sanctuary cities. On July 26th, 2017, President Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was cutting off $385 million in grant money to cities and states that were deemed insufficiently cooperative to federal immigration enforcement agents. In other words, the DOJ is attempting to cut off money from sanctuary cities. The Effect on the City of Chicago As a result of this action by the DOJ, Chicago is poised to lose out on more than $11 million. That is...

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The Trump Administration Announces Support for Immigration Reform Plan

September 5, 2017

by: Justin Burton

Since his first day in office, President Trump has been clear that he favors harsh immigration enforcement. On August 2nd, 2017, in a press conference with Republican senators Tom Cotton and  Will Perdue, President Trump announced his support for the RAISE Act, a bill designed to radically reform America's immigration policy. Most notably, this proposed legislation would make it harder for many people to immigrate to the United States. In this post, our experienced Chicago immigration lawyers explain what you need to know about this immigration reform proposal that is being supported by the Trump Administration. The RAISE Act Would...

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What are the Differences Between Being a Permanent Resident and a Citizen?

August 22, 2017

by: Justin Burton

Two important concepts in immigration law are the concepts of lawful permanent residency and citizenship. Citizenship is the end goal for many people who enter the United States. This is not an instant process. In order to eventually become a citizen, an individual must apply to begin the naturalization process and meet all eligibility requirements. There are a number of differences between a lawful permanent resident and a citizen of the United States. An immigration lawyer can discuss these differences in detail with you and walk you through the steps of the naturalization process, from initially obtaining your green card...

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