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Can a Criminal Record Prevent You From Becoming a United States Citizen?

December 12, 2017

by: Justin Burton

Are you a green card holder who is ready to apply for United States Citizenship? If so, you need to fill out and submit application form N-400 (the official application for U.S. naturalization) and eventually go before immigration officers for a naturalization interview. United States immigration officials will take a very close look at your history and general character, including any history of arrests or criminal convictions. Under United States immigration law, you are legally obligated to answer a wide array of questions regarding your criminal history on form N-400. Indeed, you will be required to disclose any arrests or...

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Department of Justice (DOJ) Files Motion to Dismiss in DACA Lawsuit

November 28, 2017

by: Justin Burton

On September 5th, 2017, President Donald Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program let certain undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children obtain a renewable two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation. This gave people legal status to live and work in the United States. Currently, immigration lawyers and immigrant rights advocates are fighting back against the Trump Administration to try to protect DACA. The attorneys general of 16 different states have joined together to file a lawsuit to try to block the Trump Administration from unilaterally ending the program....

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Do You Qualify for Faster Immigration Processing?

November 14, 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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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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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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