June 2019 Archives

Green card eligibility

When people in Illinois talk about getting a "green card" in connection with immigration, they are referring to the process of obtaining permission to live in the United States as a permanent resident. This can be a complex process that differs greatly depending on a person's status.

Supreme Court rules in immigrant gun case

The Supreme Court has ruled that undocumented immigrants in Illinois and around the country cannot be deported for possessing a gun if they were not aware of their illegal status. The 7-2 decision, which was handed down on June 21, was made in the case of an Emirati man who entered the United States on a student visa and faced deportation proceedings after being expelled by the Florida Institute of Technology.

Students suffering due to visa delays

Longer visa processing times at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services have left many international students in Illinois searching for solutions. Graduates and students from some of the most prestigious institutions nationwide have been forced to delay summer job start dates, and some have missed out on educational or career opportunities because their visa applications have been delayed. Some say they have lost money on housing and transportation.

3 wills filed on behalf of Aretha Franklin's estate

Some Illinois fans of singer Aretha Franklin may have heard that when she died in 2018, she did not have a will. However, on May 20, three wills that were found in her home were filed in court. Franklin's longtime attorney has asked the court to rule on their validity.

Proposed legislation could protect some immigrants

Dreamers in Illinois and throughout the country will have a pathway to citizenship if the American Dream and Promise Act becomes law. It was passed in the House of Representatives by a count of 237-187, and the vote was largely along party lines. It is unlikely to be passed by the Senate unless the legislation includes more funding for border security. Republicans also expressed concern that the proposed law would undercut those who have attempted to gain legal status properly.

USCIS announces change in protection for migrant children

Children in Illinois who are migrants and applying for asylum may lose some of the protections they have. When children enter the country unaccompanied, they have the right to a non-adversarial interview with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services instead of being required to go to court. They are also allowed a court appeal.

Requirements for a non-immigrant student visa

Foreign nationals who wish to live in Illinois on a non-immigrant student visa may qualify for one of two types depending on the educational program they plan to pursue. One visa is for people attending high schools, colleges, universities, language programs or other educational institutions. Students doing vocational programs or nonacademic courses must apply for the other type of visa.

Contesting a will

Many people living in Illinois understand the importance of writing a will as part of their estate plan. However, there are situations in which the legitimacy of a will is questioned by parties that might be entitled to benefit from somebody's estate. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to go to court to contest the document.

Lawsuit filed against Tom Petty's widow

Music fans in Illinois and across the country enjoyed the music of Tom Petty while he was alive. However, he is in the news after his death because of alleged impropriety by his widow. According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County court, she engaged in a breach of her fiduciary duty along with several other named and unnamed parties. Specifically, she reportedly failed to fund an LLC called Petty Unlimited as directed in his will.

Legal fight may be ahead over John Singleton's estate

Film buffs in Illinois may have heard about filmmaker John Singleton's recent sudden death from a stroke at the age of 51. Reports suggest that there might be litigation associated with his estate. Singleton's will is purportedly from 1993. At that time, he had only one child. When he died on April 17, he had seven children.

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