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Immigrating to Illinois
Every year millions of foreign-born nationals arrive in the U.S. to work or travel across the country and take in the sights. It’s a beacon of freedom, and there are plenty of economic opportunities for citizens and immigrants alike. Every immigrant has their reason for traveling to America, but no matter the reason if an immigrant hopes to get work and make a life in the U.S., they must follow the legal path and get authorization to enter.
Facts about immigration in Illinois
Illinois attracts thousands of immigrants and many of remain in the state to build a life in America. We’ll share facts about immigration in Illinois per the Migration Policy Institute:
The population of Illinois is over 11 million; 13.9 percent of the state’s population is foreign-born, which equates to approximately 1.7 million immigrants in the state.
49.4 percent of foreign-born nationals are naturalized citizens
50.6 percent of foreign-born residents in Illinois are not naturalized.
Why do you need to get authorization?
The Pew Research Center estimates that roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the U.S. Undocumented immigrants come in many ways, some enter without authorization and about 40 percent are undocumented because their visa expired. Immigrants go to great lengths to get into the U.S. without authorization, but there is a cost. Illegal entry will result in deportation and be barred from visiting the U.S. for years, maybe even permanently depending on the facts of an individual’s case.
Immigrants should take right steps and obtain immigration authorization using one of the several options they have before entering the U.S. An individual can get authorization through the following means:
Immigrant Visa- An immigrant visa is issued to a person who is seeking long-term or permanent employment. Typically, immigrant (permanent) visas are awarded to individuals who are:
Sponsored by a U.S. employer
Sponsorship of a family member or fiancé(e)
Spouse of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
Visit the State Department website to see other categories of immigrant visas.
Nonimmigrant visa- Nonimmigrant (temporary) visas are issued to immigrants who plan to be in the U.S. for a short time to travel or do seasonal work. According to State Department statistics, the U.S. immigration agencies issued over 10 million nonimmigrant visas in 2015. Below are the most requested temporary visas:
H-1B- Person with a bachelor’s degree or higher in specialty occupations
H-2A-Temporary employment in agricultural industry
H-2B-Temporary employment in the hospitality industry
Refugee status- Immigrants who are in physical danger or at risk of being persecuted in their native countries can apply for asylum in the U.S., but they must go through a thorough vetting process that can take up to two years to complete.
Legal authorization in Illinois
If you would like a visa or green card or want a loved one to immigrate to the U.S., an immigration lawyer in Illinois can help. Getting authorization requires hard work and dedication; it also takes legal expertise. Immigrants need to submit completed and accurate applications before the specific deadline. Missteps or errors can lead to a denial of your visa or green card. An immigration attorney in Illinois will make sure your applications are correct which will increase your chances of getting the status you want. Our knowledgeable Illinois legal team can assist you with a range of immigration services, including:
Nonimmigrant visa applications
Fiancé (e) Petitions
HB-1 visas or other work visas
Defense for deportation.