Navigating the United States immigration system can be frustratingly challenging. It can often be difficult to understand what benefits you are eligible for or what legal options you have when targeted for removal.
Our immigration legal services in Chicago can help you overcome conflicts and more efficiently access the benefits you need. Our founding attorney has gone through the immigration process himself and brings firsthand knowledge to our firm. Our team at Aparicio Immigration Law has a strong record of securing favorable results for our clients and is prepared to leverage our knowledge, skill, and resources to benefit your case.
We serve clients throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
When you come to Aparicio Immigration Law, our lawyer will work directly with you to understand every element of your situation. We will review your current circumstances, goals, and concerns. From there, our team will develop a strategy designed to achieve your objectives and overcome any obstacles that may appear. If your case involves going to court, our attorney will serve as your fierce advocate and vigorously champion your interests.
Our immigration legal services in Chicago can assist you with:
- Seeking Asylum or Refugee Status. If you have been persecuted in the past or fear future persecution on the basis of your race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, or membership in a particular social group in your home country, you may qualify for asylum or refugee protection in the United States. These statuses allow beneficiaries to remain in the country and apply for green cards after 1 year. We can help you seek asylum or refugee status affirmatively or utilize it as a removal defense.
- Citizenship and Naturalization. Lawful permanent residents can apply to become permanent U.S. citizens after they undergo a mandatory waiting period and meet certain other requirements. Prospective citizens must also pass a naturalization exam. Our firm can serve as your guide and advocate throughout the naturalization process and help you prepare for the English language and civics tests.
- Deportation Defense. If you (or a loved one) have received a Notice to Appear or have been detained, we can help you explore all options that will prevent removal and keep you in the United States. We can evaluate whether you may be eligible for cancellation of removal or an immigration benefit that will confer legal status. No matter your circumstances, we will aggressively fight for you in and out of the courtroom.
- Employment-Based Immigration. United States-based employers can sponsor immigrants for green cards when they fill qualifying full-time positions. Only a certain number of employment-based green cards are distributed each year. Individuals with extraordinary abilities and more advanced degrees are prioritized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) preference category system, but skilled and unskilled workers can also potentially obtain visas when sponsored for full-time jobs. Our firm can work with sponsoring employers to obtain the necessary labor certifications and can then work to obtain your visa as efficiently as possible.
- Family-Based Immigration. United States citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor certain types of family members for green cards. Citizens can more efficiently obtain visas for immediate relatives, including parents, spouses, and unmarried children under the age of 21. Other types of eligible family members must be sponsored under the family preference categories. Only a limited number of green cards are given to family preference relatives each year, and applicants will need to wait for a visa to become available before they can proceed with adjusting their status or consular processing. We can guide you through the sponsorship process and help you understand what type of wait you should expect when applying as a family preference relative.
- Green Cards. Green cards are a type of visa that confer lawful permanent residency, a status that allows beneficiaries to live and work practically anywhere in the United States. You must have a green card for several years before you can naturalize and become a permanent U.S. citizen. Our immigration legal services in Chicago and can help you obtain green cards through family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, the diversity visa lottery, U visas, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and asylum and refugee status.
- Visas. If you wish to visit, study, or work in the United States, you will need the appropriate temporary nonimmigrant visa. Our firm can assess your goals and identify visas that can help you achieve them. We regularly assist clients with H-1B visas, O visas, F-1 visas, B visas, L-1 visas, P visas, and more. If you are interested in eventually immigrating to the U.S., we can help you select and work to secure a nonimmigrant visa that permits you to seek a green card after entering the country.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from removal. It also allows beneficiaries to obtain work permits, driver’s licenses, and social security numbers. We can determine if you qualify and help obtain and renew your status.
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). If you have been abused by your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent, you may be eligible to self-petition for certain immigration benefits. Our team can evaluate your situation and determine whether you may qualify.
- Consular Processing. If you are obtaining a green card while abroad, you will need to complete consular processing once your priority date becomes current. This involves completing several procedural steps and meeting with a USCIS officer at your home country’s U.S. embassy or consular office. Our firm can serve as your legal partner and advocate throughout this process.