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Extreme Hardship

Applicants for permanent residence based on family or employment-based petitions must not only demonstrate the validity of the underlying petition and relationship, but also that they qualify for permanent residence.  The immigration law contains a list of reasons (“grounds of inadmissibility”) to deny someone permanent residence including, but not limited to, criminal convictions, fraud, and […]

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10 Year Bar & IRs

Spouses, parents and minor children of U.S. citizens are considered “immediate relatives” under the immigration laws.  As such, they are eligible to process their immigrant visa without having to wait in a very long line and, in some cases, do not even have to leave the United States to process their application for permanent residence.  […]

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Tourist Visas

One of the most difficult parts of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States is the inability to visit your family in your home country.  Consequently, many people ask me if their relatives could visit them in the United States, perhaps with a tourist visa. Individuals wishing to visit the United States temporarily must […]

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Permanent Residence

Many immigrants work hard to eventually become citizens of the United States.  The first step toward citizenship is obtaining permanent residence which, for many people today, is either impossible or a very long process (which is why we are fighting so hard for immigration reform).  For those fortunate enough to be eligible and approved for […]

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Cancellation of Removal

I meet with many people who ask me whether they can legalize their status based on their residence in the United States. Unfortunately, the only law that currently exists like that requires residence in the United States since 1972, so these cases are rare. The confusion seems to stem from a different law that applies […]

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New Rule

On March 4, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a rule that allows certain relatives of U.S. citizens more time to remain in the United States while their application for permanent residence is pending. This rule primarily applies to applicants who must process their application for permanent residence abroad, and who must obtain […]

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Introductions

I would first like to thank Ultimas Noticias for dedicating a column to the important issue of immigration, and look forward to sharing information with all of you each week. My name is Shirley Sadjadi and I am an immigration attorney with offices in Elgin and Aurora, Illinois, and have been practicing immigration law for […]

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