A Caring Approach To Immigration Matters
Like divorce and other family law concerns, legal proceedings related to immigration are among the most important and emotional matters an individual or family will encounter. The legal team at Blacha Law Office understands this. It brings the same caring and highly personalized approach that it provides in its family law work to a wide range of immigration law cases.
The complexities of U.S. immigration law leave many non-citizens confused about whether it is possible to stay long term in the U.S., and what steps are necessary to live and work here. We assist individuals in matters relating to:
Citizenship and naturalization — Citizenship affords an individual the right to vote and the ability to travel abroad without jeopardizing one’s right to re-enter the U.S. Naturalization is simply a different path to citizenship. Applicants must meet requirements such as length of legal residency in the U.S., and proficiency in both written and spoken English.
Obtaining legal permanent residency (commonly known as a green card) — The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves a limited number of visas for residential and employment purposes. This is often the first step to obtaining citizenship. The application process is complex. Seeking assistance from a knowledgeable immigration law attorney is advised.
Family-based immigration — A limited number of green cards are given each year to relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Green cards are awarded to immediate family members — a parent, spouse, adult or minor child, sibling or a fiancée.
Deportation defense — Noncitizens who are in the U.S. lawfully and unlawfully may face deportation for seemingly minor offenses. Blacha Law Office works to keep people who are in removal proceedings in the U.S. We seek release on bond and relief from deportation. Prompt action is critical in these cases.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — Signed into law in 2012, DACA allows undocumented individuals who arrived in the U.S. at a young age to remain in the U.S. It is not a path to citizenship or legal permanent residency, but it does allow noncitizens to be legally employed in the U.S. The current administration is reviewing and possibly restricting DACA laws. Navigating your rights under DACA laws is complex. Working with a knowledgeable immigration law attorney is imperative.
Asylum or refugee status — Noncitizens may seek asylum in the U.S. for a number of reasons, including the threat of violence or persecution in their homeland based on race, religion, gender, political affiliation or membership in a particular social group. Petitions for legal residency are also possible under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Applicants may include children or a spouse. Here again, experienced guidance from a knowledgeable immigration lawyer is advised.
Ethical And Affordable Representation
Our attorneys seek positive outcomes in an efficient and economical manner. Our commitment to clear communication with each client is important to keeping them informed at every step of their case. We aim to help clients achieve their dreams.
Prompt Action Is Important
There are numerous deadlines that must be met in immigration processes. It is important to meet with a knowledgeable lawyer in a timely manner, so you do not miss a deadline and further complicate your case. Call 630-283-1987 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients throughout the Chicago metro area from offices in Naperville, Joliet and Chicago.