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Deferred Action (“DACA”) and Adjustment of Status

November 18, 2015.  Several people we have spoken to over the last few weeks have inquired concerning their eligibility for Adjustment of Status based upon marriage to a U.S. Citizen if they have received Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (“DACA”). It has been widely discussed that DACA was not meant to be a “path to [Read More]

Immigration Consequences of Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”)

Driving under the influence of alcohol (“DUI”) convictions have varying degrees of severity for the non-citizen, depending upon the non-citizen’s status in the United States. There are four categories of non-citizens for purposes of considering the effects of a DUI conviction. This article will discuss the consequences, first, for someone here who entered without inspection, [Read More]

Victory at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

On April 1, 2015, the attorneys at Chicago Immigration Advocates obtained a ruling from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversing the Board of Immigration Appeals (“Board”) and ordering that the Board review the case again in light of the errors committed by the Respondent’s previous two attorneys. Tie Xia Chen v. Holder, 782 F.3d [Read More]

President’s “Executive Action” – Advice on How to Proceed

We have some very basic advice concerning the new “Executive Action” since there is nothing to do right now, other than to begin to gather documentation.  The President’s announcement was only that, an “announcement.”  The controlling agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), needs to enact rules which control the process and documentation required.  There [Read More]

The Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) in Matter of Abdelghany (February 28, 2014) Expands Application of §212(c) Waivers to a Greater Scope of “Aggravated Felonies”.

Prior to April 24, 1996, the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) provided a §212(c) waiver for certain serious criminal convictions known under the INA as “aggravated felonies.” This date is significant because Congress passed substantial changes to the INA at that time, including replacing the §212(c) waiver with “cancellation of removal,” a more restrictive form [Read More]

Mi abogado de defensa criminal me recomienda que me declare culpable a Posesión de una Sustancia Contralada

Si su abogado cree que no tienen otras opciones, luego de aceptar una declaración de culpabilidad de este delito puede tener consecuencias graves de inmigración, o puede que no.  Si usted es un residente permanente legal por lo menos 7 años (se aplican algunas excepciones), sin entrar en problemas serios durante esos 7 años, por [Read More]

USCIS propone autorizar que Perdones sean decidos mientras el beneficiario permanece en los Estados Unidos

El 6 de Enero de 2012, USCIS propuso reducir el tiempo que los ciudadanos estadounidenses están separados de sus esposos(as) y hijos bajo ciertas circunstancias mientras esos familiares pasan por el proceso de convertirse en inmigrantes legales de los Estados Unidos.  Mas específicamente, un esposo(a) o hijo podrá solicitar una WAIVER con USCIS en los [Read More]

My criminal defense lawyer is recommending that I plead guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance

If your lawyer believes you have no other options, then accepting a plea of guilty to this offense may have serious immigration consequences, or it may not. If you are a legal permanent resident for at least 7 years (some exceptions apply) without getting into any serious trouble during that 7 years, you are generally [Read More]