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Immigration FAQs

The immigration system in the United States is extremely complex and sometimes difficult for immigrants to navigate. Regardless of whether an individual is applying for a green card or seeking a temporary visa, that person will have many questions along the way. An experienced immigration attorney who is well-versed in this area of law can answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about immigration in the United States. 

What Laws Govern Immigration in the Country?

The Immigration and Nationality Act provides the basis for immigration law in the United States. This Act outlines many of the most important immigration laws, including asylum, procedures for granting immigrant status, procedures for applying for a visa, and more. 

What Does the USCIS Consider When Granting Immigrant Status?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) takes many factors into consideration when deciding whether to grant a person immigrant status. These include:

  • If the individual has a relative in the country that is a lawful citizen or permanent resident,
  • If the individual has an employment opportunity in the country, and if they are eligible under one of the employment categories,
  • If the individual is investing money into the country that meets the threshold of certain amounts, and that investment generates or protects jobs, and
  • If the individual fears persecution in their home country, and if they qualify for refugee status.

What is the Diversity (DV) Visa Program?

The DV Visa Program awards visas to immigrants from foreign countries that have a low immigration rate to the United States. These visas are awarded on a lottery system due to the fact that there are only a certain number of visas available. The visas are awarded randomly among applicants, and not every applicant will receive one. 

Why do Individuals Get Deported?

When an immigrant to the United States violates certain criminal or immigration laws, he or she is at risk of deportation, or removal from the country. This means that the immigrant forfeits the right to live in the United States. Individuals who are deported are typically not allowed to return. 

Can You Appeal a Deportation Order?

Deportation orders are orders of the court and like other court orders, they can be appealed. You can appeal the decision to the Board of Immigration (BIA), but you only have 30 days to do so. If the BIA makes a decision that is not in your favor, you can then take the matter to the U.S. Court of Appeals. If you are unsuccessful with the appellate court, you can take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Have More Questions? Contact Our Illinois Immigration Attorneys

If you are going through the immigration process, you have a lot of questions, and our Chicago immigration attorneys are here to answer them. At Kriezelman Burton & Associates, we understand how complex the immigration system is, particularly for those unfamiliar with it. We can advise you of your options and help you navigate the system to give you the best chance of success. Call us today to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys.