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U.S. immigration law and the rules and regulations that implement the law and other policies are so complex, even for applying for basic benefits such as a work permit. To successfully navigate the system and get the benefit or services you need from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you will need the best Chicago Immigration Lawyer, and we have that and more at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC. We are based in Chicago but also take cases in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

What a Chicago Immigration Lawyer Can Do for You

U.S. immigration can be classified into two general categories: attempting to get a visa to come to the U.S. or, if already in the U.S., finding ways to remain in the U.S. legally or making one legal if already out of status.

In the first instance, namely, attempting to get a visa to enter the U.S., this is done at a U.S. embassy in the country the applicant lives or at the nearest U.S. consulate. Visas applied for are typically nonimmigrant or temporary visas, of which there are many, ranging almost the entire alphabet. The most common are B1/B2, E, F, H, and L visas. 

Each one of these visas has its own unique requirements for which approval is not easy, but our experienced business and employment immigration lawyers at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC have the skills and experience to get the job done successfully for those who retain us.

The other category of visas applied for at U.S. embassies and consulates is green cards, and this is typically for those with U.S. citizen or permanent resident relatives in the U.S. who have filed papers for them to apply for their green cards at the embassies or consulates once the visa petitions are approved.

In some cases, however, the relatives filed for are in the U.S., but the law requires that they complete the green card application process through consular processing, meaning they must leave the U.S. to complete the process at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their native countries or one nearest to them. 

There are risks involved in this, including the potential for being barred from returning to the U.S. – even with an approved visa petition. It is imperative if you are in that situation to consult an experienced immigration attorney before embarking on your journey for consular processing.

Maintaining or Reinstating Immigration Status

Although a green card is formally known as “lawful permanent resident” (LPR) status, there is nothing permanent about it. If you are a green card holder and commit certain crimes, your green card will be yanked, and you will be deported if those convictions warrant deportation. Should you or a loved one be facing deportation on this or other grounds, our experienced removal and deportation lawyers are here and ready to help you fend off the deportation.

If you are not facing deportation but are out of status, you may have options to regain your immigration status. That, too, we have experienced immigration lawyers who can help, ditto if you are in status but your status is about to expire. We can help you find other statuses you can change your status to, including applying for a green card if we determine that there is a basis to apply for one.

Seek Assistance from a Chicago Immigration Lawyer

If you need help with any immigration problem or issue, contact Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC today to schedule an appointment to learn how we can help you meet your immigration needs.