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    Illinois Immigration Attorneys: What We Can Do For You?

    Chicago Immigration Attorneys: How We Help Our Clients

    The EB5 Program Chicago Explained

    How To Get A Green Card In Chicago: A 101

    H1B Visa Lawyer in Chicago: How a Chicago Immigration Attorney Can Help

    Chicago Fiance Visa: Start Your Marriage Off on the Right Legal Foot

    Chicago Immigration Law: What You Need to Know

    Immigration Lawyers in Chicago: How Can They Help You With Your Immigration Case?

    Overstaying Your Visa in Chicago

    Chicago H1B Visa: 101



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    Illinois Immigration Attorneys: What We Can Do For You?

    By admin, LLC on April 7, 2015

     

    Whether you are interested in visiting the United States, working here, becoming a full time citizen here, or have taken an action that puts you in jeopardy of deportation, navigating the complex immigration process requires the help of a knowledgeable, experienced advocate who can answer all of your questions and make sure that you do everything you can legally and in the way that will best facilitate your goals.  We are an Illinois immigration and nationality law practice that provides a full range of services to individuals and families, as well as to companies who need representation regarding issues of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration. Our practice areas include:

     

    • Employment-based green cards
    • Nonimmigrant visas
    • Family/Marriage-based immigration
    • Citizenship and naturalization
    • Child Status Protection Act
    • Violence Against Women Act
    • Immigration compliance
    • Cancellation of removal/deportation
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

     

    We have extensive experience in successfully representing individuals and organizations before a number of government bodies, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of State, U.S. consulates, the Department of Labor, immigration appeals boards and many others.

     

    Though there is no requirement that you have legal representation when applying for your green card, if you’ve been deemed “inadmissible” or encounter any other issues in your immigration journey, having our Illinois Immigration law firm by your side will provide you with the benefit of our experience. U.S. immigration law is extremely complicated, and the knowledge and familiarity that we bring to your situation is extremely helpful, and can make all the difference in your ability to accomplish your goals.

     

    Becoming a citizen of the United States can take several years. Our skilled attorneys will be able to tell you what you should anticipate and what pitfalls to watch out for. We will help you fill out all paperwork and make sure that you meet all of the necessary deadlines, and perhaps most importantly, once you have us acting as your legal representative, we will handle all communications between you and the government, relieving you of any confusion, intimidation, or the need to try to make sense of the often burdensome paperwork and bureaucracy that is involved. We will also help you prepare for citizenship tests. We will be with you every step of the way.

     

    We are specialists in immigration law who truly care about providing our clients with the strategies and legal counsel that they need. We are passionate advocates who are here for all of your Illinois immigration needs, so whether you are an employer seeking to employe people with visas, a person in need of help in obtaining citizenship, a student who needs assistance in applying for a visa, or are in need of any other immigration help, you can rely on us to know what steps need to be taken and make the process as simple and straightforward for you as possible. Call us today to make an appointment for a consultation.

     

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    Chicago Immigration Attorneys: How We Help Our Clients

    By admin, LLC on March 31, 2015

    The American legal system is incredibly complex, and the laws and processes that have been established around immigration and citizenship are no exception. At Din Law, we pride ourselves on helping our clients with every aspect of legally visiting, working and staying in the United States. We protect their rights and ensure that they have a full understanding of everything that they need to know. Here are just a few of

    the ways that our Chicago Immigration attorneys help our clients:

     

    Preparation of all documents and applications

     

    Every aspect of the immigration process requires that numerous forms be filled out and documents provided. There are often deadlines that need to be met and multiple copies that need to filed or refiled, and the process can be extremely confusing and time consuming. We help our clients by making sure that they know what each document means and does, helping them complete them and send them in, and providing the support that is needed to make sure that everything is easy for USCIS to understand.

     

    Representation with hearing officers, preparation for interviews

     

    In some cases, our clients have a need to undergo interviews with hearing officers, and when this happens we work hard to make sure that they are well prepared. This not only means being ready to answer all appropriate questions, but also knowing what to expect, what is appropriate, and what may be a violation of their rights. We also make sure that our clients go into every meeting with all of the paperwork that they need so that a second appointment does not need to be scheduled. Our preparation teaches our clients to remain calm, to answer only the questions that are asked, to dress and act appropriately and to show up on time. These may seem like minor matters, but it is our goal to ensure that you make an excellent first impression. When appropriate and allowed, we also will accompany our clients who need moral support or representation.

     

    Help with resolution of problems

     

    Sometimes problems arise and our clients need an attorney to represent them before a government agency. We are knowledgeable in all aspects of immigration law and will ensure that your rights are protected and that you have a good understanding of the process. Whether you need information on why your application may have been denied and advise on what to do to remedy the situation, have waited a long time for an answer and are concerned about delays, need an explanation of a policy or anything else, we are here to help. We frequently are asked to step in and help people who have tried to navigate the system on their own, and are able to assess what may have gone wrong and what corrections need to be made.

     

    There are many other avenues and areas of immigration in which we can help, including getting a visa or green card based on an employment offer, immigrating with your family, getting a fiancé visa, and others. Call us today for immediate help with all of your immigration law needs.

     

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    The EB5 Program Chicago Explained

    By admin, LLC on March 26, 2015

    Though there are a number of different ways for a foreign national to become a United States citizen, one of the lesser-known ways is through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. First created in 1990 by an act of Congress as a way to stimulate the economy, the EB5 program sets aside visas specifically for those from foreign countries who invest in establishing businesses in the United States that employ a minimum of ten U.S. workers. Foreign nationals who make this investment are granted conditional permanent residence for two years; following this period and prior to the expiration of their visa they are required to provide proof that the investment was made and that the requirements were fulfilled.

     

    Though there was originally an established minimum investment of $1,000,000, a Pilot Program was introduced in 1992 that provided the EB5 visa in exchange for a minimum of $500,000 in investments into specific regions that had high unemployment or were either rural or on the outskirts of a metropolitan area in need of development, or that were designated and pre-approved as Regional Centers. Regional Centers are either public or private investment vehicles that are required to promote economic development. Operators of Regional Centers can charge the foreign investor an administrative fee in exchange for taking responsibility for managing the investment and creating the jobs that are required. There is a robust EB5 program in Chicago.

     

    In Chicago, there are several different companies that have been authorized by the Federal Government to administer these Regional Center EB-5 transactions. These limited liability companies are engaged in developing projects such as elder care homes, restaurants and hotels, and the renovation of the Chicago Athletic Association buildings near Grant Park. Despite the good intentions of the program, it has been a subject of some controversy, as many unethical people have used it to defraud those looking for a way into the United States. A Chicago man was recently charged on ten federal counts of fraud and false statements in a scheme that he claimed would build a hotel and convention complex near the airport, but which actually funded a lavish lifestyle.

     

    For foreign citizens interested in obtaining a green card for themselves and their family and who have the necessary funds, an EB-5 immigrant visa can provide a straightforward way to accomplish their goals while also investing in the future of the United States economy.  It is important that those considering this option are well represented by a skilled immigration attorney who not only is familiar with all of the requirements of the program, but who is also looking out for their best interests to ensure that they are well protected. The attorneys at Din Law are available to explain the program in full and are familiar with many of the ongoing EB5 Chicago programs. Call us today for more information and legal representation.

     

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    How To Get A Green Card In Chicago: A 101

    By admin, LLC on March 24, 2015

    If you are a foreign citizen who is interested in getting a green card in Chicago, there are a number of different options, including employment-based visas, EB-5 for investor visas, options that are available for scientists, a variety of family-based options, the diversity visa program, and as a refugee or asylee. Each of these options has different requirements and involves a different process, and all of these processes can be highly complex. The experienced immigration attorneys at Din Law can explain each of these possibilities to you and explain what route makes the most sense for your specific situation.

     

    Here are brief explanations of each option:

     

    • Employment Based – Where an offer of permanent employment is extended and the employer is willing to provide sponsorship. Requires that the employer completes and gets approval for an application for alien employment certification
    • EB-5 – Where a foreign national can obtain a green card by making a significant ($500,000 to $1,000,000 minimum) investment in creating or rehabilitating a U.S. business that creates a minimum of ten full-time jobs for American citizens
    • Options for Scientists – The United States is interested in attracting foreign scientists to advance innovation in the country. Specific types of visas are available both with and without a job offer for those with outstanding abilities and who meet specific requirements
    • Family Based Visas – There are a number of visas that have been created in order to provide the opportunity for families to be together, while others are designed to provide protection for those who are in abusive or violent relationships. The latter category was created in part because the former requires sponsorship from a family member, and many have abused this position of power. A family-based visa based on a new marriage is offered as conditional residency which can later be petitioned for removal of that status.
    • Diversity Visa Program – Every year the United States makes 50,000 visas available for residents of countries that have low rates of immigration into the United States. These visas are available during a highly specific window of opportunity and are provided through a visa lottery. The countries whose citizens are permitted to participate in this program changes from year to year.
    • Refugee or Asylum – This program makes a certain number of visas available for foreign nationals who fear persecution or who have been displaced by war or other ongoing issues in their country

     

    No matter which route you choose to attempt to get a green card, it is important to remember that there are extensive and complicated eligibility requirements that must be met by all who are applying for permanent residence, and the process can take a very long time. If you need help in determining whether you are eligible or with the application process itself, we can help. Call us today to set up an appointment with an experienced green card attorney in Chicago.

     

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    H1B Visa Lawyer in Chicago: How a Chicago Immigration Attorney Can Help

    By admin, LLC on February 23, 2015

    An H1B Visa is a highly specialized classification of visa that allows a person from a foreign country who is skilled in a specialized occupation to work and stay in the United States for a limited amount of time.  H1B visas are limited to a period of six years maximum, and this time period is generally provided in increments of three years and then renewed. The six year period can be extended if the person who holds the visa is in the process of applying for permanent residence status.

     

    Obtaining an H1B visa can be challenging because the government restricts the number of them that can be issued each year. Only 85,000 are permitted annually, and of those 20,000 are reserved for those who have received advanced degrees from colleges and universities located in the United States. To put yourself in the best possible position to obtain one of these coveted visas, it is advised that you have the assistance of an H1B visa lawyer in Chicago, who can guide you through the process and ensure that everything is done properly. The attorneys at Din Law have extensive experience in successfully helping foreign nationals to obtain H1B visas, and we can help you as well.

     

    There are specific requirements that must be met in order to obtain an H1B visa. They are as follows:

     

    • The prospective employee must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent work experience.
    • The prospective employee must obtain a labor condition application from the U.S. Department of Labor before filing the H1B petition.

     

    When a foreign national has H1B status, they are considered exempt from the above-referenced numerical limitations on visas being issued. Their spouse and minor children are also authorized to live with them in the United States in H-4 status. This does not provide them with the ability to work in the United States.  A person who holds H1B status is afforded the benefits of the portability provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act, permitting them to move to a different American employer.

     

    Though there are a number of different occupations that are particularly likely to seek foreign nationals under H1B status, some are more competitive than others, most notably the IT consulting field. The USCIS has extremely specific qualification requirements in this area, and as a result it is advised that petitioners seek legal representation from attorneys skilled in this area of law. The attorneys at Din Law have a successful record of preparing H1B petitions for a number of different occupations and industries on behalf of our clients. Contact us for more information on how we can help facilitate your ability to obtain one of these coveted special visas.

     

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    Chicago Fiance Visa: Start Your Marriage Off on the Right Legal Foot

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    If you are planning on marrying a person who is a foreign national in the United States and having them live here with you, it is not as simple as having them enter the country and having a marriage ceremony. You will first need to obtain a fiancé visa, which is also known as a nonimmigrant “K-1” visa.  Obtaining a fiancé visa involves a complicated process that can be time consuming and confusing. The attorneys at Din Law are experienced Chicago fiancé visa lawyers who can help you get through all of the bureaucracy and red tape so that you can start your marriage off on the right legal footing.

     

    The process of obtaining a Chicago fiancé visa generally takes three to six months from the very first filing of the I-129F Petition to the receipt of the visa itself, so make sure that you are leaving yourself adequate time when you begin planning for your wedding. The petition is filed with the USCIS, which reviews it and then forwards it to the National Visa Center and then to the American embassy or consulate where your fiancé will go to apply for their visa. Once the petition is completed and approved, it is only good for a period of four months.

     

    Notification of approval will be sent by the consular office to your fiancé, who will then be given forms and instructions for applying for the visa itself. The requirements for the visa are almost identical to those of any other immigrant visa. The forms will need to be filled out and your fiancé will need to provide a valid passport, birth certificate, a medical examination and evidence of support, evidence of a valid relationship with you, and approved USCIS photographs. They will also need to provide police certificates from all the places that they have lived since the age of sixteen, and if they have been previously married they will need to provide proof of divorce or the death of the previous spouse.

     

    Proof of a valid relationship is one of the most essential elements of the application. The government will want proof that you and your fiancé have met face-to-face within the previous two years unless there are circumstances that would prevent that from happening. A consular office will interview your fiancé to determine their eligibility and provide them with a visa that is only valid for a period of six months. An application fee will also need to be paid. The marriage itself must occur within 90 days of your fiancé entering the United States, and after the marriage they must contact USCIS to establish a record of their entry in order to later apply for conditional permanent residence status. That conditional status can be lifted after two years.

     

    The process of applying for a Chicago fiancé visa goes much more smoothly and easily with the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney, who can also help you with all related visa applications following the marriage. For more information, contact Din Law.

     

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    Chicago Immigration Law: What You Need to Know

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    Becoming an American citizen or retaining the right to remain in the United States is a dream for many, but in order to do so it is essential that you adhere to all of the proper processes and laws. There is an annual limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants in the United States, with exceptions provided for close family members and a separate allowance for refugees. Though there are many immigration laws issues which you may be able to handle for yourself, having an attorney help can save a great deal of time, money and worry.

     

    One of the most frightening circumstances that immigrants can find themselves in is being stopped for questioning by police, immigration agents or federal agents. If this happens, it is essential that you know your rights and what to do. The most important thing to do is to remain calm and cooperative. Arguing or resisting can work against you.  Keep in mind that you have the right to remain silent and you do not have to consent to a search, though police may pat down your clothing if they suspect that you are carrying a weapon.

     

    Here are important things for you to keep in mind if you are stopped by authorities:

     

    • Ask if you are permitted to leave, and if you are, then do so.
    • If you are under arrest, you are permitted to know why.
    • You have the right to remain silent, though you may be required to provide your name and to indicate that you plan to remain silent.
    • If you are stopped in your vehicle, turn off the car, turn on the light and place your hands on the wheel. When asked, provide your license, registration and proof of insurance.
    • You may refuse to consent to search of your vehicle.
    • If asked about your immigration status, you are not required to answer questions about where you were born, your citizenship or how you entered the country.
    • If you are not a citizen and are asked to provide your immigration papers, you must provide them if you have them with you. Anybody over the age of 18 should carry their documents with them.
    • Do not lie about your status or provide false documents.
    • If officials come to your home you are not required to allow them entry unless they have a warrant. You may ask them to slip a warrant under the door or hold it up to a window for inspection.
    • If the FBI comes to your hoe you may inform them that you wish to speak to an attorney first. You also have the right to say you do not want to be interviewed. Always have an attorney present at an FBI interview
    • If you are arrested, remain calm and do not resist arrest.
    • You have the right to make a phone call.
    • Do not sign any papers without first speaking to an immigration attorney.

     

    If you find yourself in immigration custody, your best resource is an experienced immigration attorney. Call the lawyers at Din Law for immediate help.

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    Immigration Lawyers in Chicago: How Can They Help You With Your Immigration Case?

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    Immigrating to the United States is a complex process. Whether you are interested in staying in the country permanently or for a limited period of time, it is essential that you follow all of the appropriate procedures in order to stay on the right side of the law and maximize your chances of achieving your goal. As experienced immigration lawyers in Chicago, Din Law can help you with all types of immigration issues, including:

    • Citizenship
    • Deportation
    • Permanent Visas or Green Cards
    • Temporary Visas

    Citizenship

    There are a number of requirements to becoming a citizen of the United States if you were not born here. In order to apply to become a citizen, you must first spend a minimum of five years in the country as a permanent legal resident. Furthermore, during that time you must obey all of the U.S. laws in order to demonstrate that you are of good moral character. There are a number of forms and applications as well as processes that must be properly completed in order to become a U.S. citizen, and a qualified immigration lawyer can guide you through the steps needed in order to make sure they are all completed properly.

    Deportation

    When the U.S. government takes action to remove a foreign-born individual, it is known as deportation. There are a number of reasons why deportation can be initiated, including using false documents and other criminal activities. If you are facing deportation, an immigration attorney can provide you with knowledgeable legal representation to defend you and maximize your opportunity for the best outcome.

    Permanent Visas or Green Cards

    Green card is a term used to describe a permanent visa, which allows foreign-born nationals to remain in the United States. There are many steps that are needed in order to obtain a green card, starting with finding a sponsor such as an employer or relative or entering the visa lottery. Obtaining a permanent visa is a process that can be very complex, and having a Chicago immigration attorney from Din Law represent you can make the process much easier and more understandable, as well as increase your chances of success.

    Temporary Visas

    There are a number of circumstances that warrant having a temporary or nonimmigrant visa. In most cases these are provided for students or businessmen visiting the country for a specific period of time. A temporary visa is marked with a specific expiration date, and it is essential that you adhere to the restrictions placed on the length of your stay, as well as what rights the visa provides. An experienced immigration attorney can help you to apply for a temporary visa, as well as to explain what it allows you to do.

    Though you do not need an immigration attorney to visit the United States for a short period of time, there are a number of instances in which having an attorney can save you time, aggravation and a great deal of trouble. If you are in need of assistance with any of the issues listed above, or if you are seeking asylum or emergency help, contact us immediately for compassionate, qualified immigration assistance.

     

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    Overstaying Your Visa in Chicago

    By admin, LLC on January 22, 2015

    The immigration climate in the United States is in a constant state of flux, and as a result it is incumbent upon anybody who is in the country on a visa to take steps to avoid overstaying the established expiration. Where at one time an overstay would simply be overlooked, today it can quickly attract attention and result in harsh penalties.

    There are four main consequences of overstaying your visa can be numerous.

    1. You may be forbidden from returning to the United States for a period of three or up to ten years, depending upon how long past the expiration of your visa you stayed.
    2. You may be forbidden from applying to extend your stay or for a change of status.
    3. Overstaying officially voids your existing visa.
    4. You will be unable to obtain a new visa except from your country of nationality.

    If your have overstayed your authorized stay by more than 180 days but less than a year and leave before removal proceedings begin, you will be barred from re-entering the United States for three years. If your overstay has been a year or more past your visa’s expiration date, you will be prevented from re-enter the United States for ten years. In all cases, if your visa has expired than it is automatically voided, and you will not be readmitted unless you have a new nonimmigrant visa. This visa will have to be obtained by returning to your country of nationality. Allowing your visa to expire precludes you from the convenience of using a consulate that is closer or more convenient.

    There are certain things that you can do to prevent this from happening. If you file for an Extension of Stay or Change of Status prior to your expiration, then even if you have passed the expiration date you will be considered as maintaining status until the decision is made. However, if you have not applied and you pass your authorized period of stay, you will no longer be admitted to apply. For this reason it is essential that you pay close attention to your visa’s expiration date and either fill out appropriate paperwork or leave on or before its expiration. Maintain all documents of your departure in order to prove that you are in compliance.

    There are certain circumstances in which waivers are provided for the three or ten-year ban on returning to the United States. These are specifically offered to foreign nationals who can show that their spouse or parents will suffer extreme hardship if they are not permitted to return to the United States. This only applies for those who are the spouse, son or daughter of a citizen – it does not apply to those who have children who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

    If you have overstayed your visa, it is essential that you put yourself in the hands of an experienced immigration attorney who can advise you as to your best legal options. The Chicago immigration attorneys at Din Law are available to help. Call us today.

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    Chicago H1B Visa: 101

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    An H1B Visa is a special type of non-immigrant visa that enables companies in the United States to hire workers from other countries for highly technical positions. The idea behind the H1B visa is that certain occupations need employees who have specialized training and education, and that a company wants to hire a specific worker who has this background. Occupations that are commonly referenced in H1B applications include the areas of science, medicine, mathematics and engineering.

    It is important to remember that an H-1B visa is not an application for citizenship. It is designed to accommodate a long-term assignment, and those in the country on an H1B Visa are limited to a six-year stay. Individuals who are the subject of an H1B Vis are not permitted to apply for an H1B visa for themselves – the application must be submitted on behalf of the worker by an American company.

    Limits on H1B Visas

    Despite the fact that H1B Visas are requested by American companies, the federal government does impose strict rules and limits on the way that these applications can be submitted and on how many H1B Visas will be granted during the course of each year. There is a limit of 85,000 new visas made available each year, and those are broken down into two different categories: 65,000 visas are provided for overseas workers in professional or specialty occupations and 20,000 are reserved for those with an advanced degree from an American academic institution.  Once each of these categories is filled and the visas have been exhausted, no more applications will be taken until the following year. Companies are allowed to apply for an H1B visa on behalf of a foreign worker as early as April of the year preceding the visa year, but if the visa is granted the employee cannot begin working before October, three months before the official visa year begins.

    Eligibility for H1B Visa

    Not every position is eligible for an H1B visa. The government requires that the job itself must have a minimum entry requirement of a Bachelor’s degree or higher and that the degree requirement is common to the industry or job. It is also essential that the employer normally requires this level of education and that the duties of the job are complex enough that the requirement is justified.

    In addition to the requirements of the job itself, the person for whom the H1B visa is petitioned must meet certain requirements. They must have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, or a foreign degree that is equivalent to that degree. They must also hold some kind of state license, registration or certification for the specific occupation.  They must be able to prove that their education, training or experience meets the requirements of the specialty area for which they are being hired.

    If the H1B visa is granted, it is usually for a period of three years, but it may be extended by another three years. Once it is obtained, the visa holder can apply for a green card. The visa holder is also able to bring their spouse and children into the United States under the H4 visa category as dependents.

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