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DuPage County Immigrant Visa Attorney

A Quick Summary of Immigrant Visas

If a person who is currently living outside of the United States has a desire to become a permanent resident, they must secure an immigrant visa in order to apply for entry. This process and other procedures related to immigration law can be complex. In order to receive an immigrant visa, a person has to first qualify for an immigrant classification. These can include employment-based, family-sponsored, diversity, or refugee classifications. Success in obtaining a visa is dependent on an applicant's particular circumstances. In order to be successful, the person must meet specific requirements while following all applicable rules and procedures, and rules, all of which vary depending on what type of category of immigrant visa the person is requesting.

It is an unfortunate fact that in many cases, visa petitions are delayed or rejected because of misunderstandings regarding certain requirements. However, having an experienced and able immigration attorney can help you make sure your immigrant visa application is prepared and submitted correctly. Call Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices today at 630-932-9100 to get answers to any questions you may have about immigrant visas.

Immigrant Visa Categories

You must secure an immigrant visa if you wish to live in the United States permanently. The main types of immigrant visas awarded are based on employment or family, diversity immigrant status (Diversity Visa Lottery Program), and refugee or asylum status. Because there are different kinds of visas you may obtain, one of the hardest parts of U.S. immigration law is determining which of these is best suited to your situation and available to you or your loved ones. Sometimes, there is more than one choice for an applicant. There are also many important steps to follow in the visa process, including for individuals seeking visas and businesses and relatives in the United States who are providing sponsorship for immigration.

Consulting with an immigration attorney at Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices will help you to identify and petition for the correct visa. At our law firm, we assist clients with the following visa matters:

Immigration Law in the United States

All branches of the United States federal government--legislative, executive, and judicial--have prominent roles in the laws and policies concerning U.S. immigration. Most of the immigration process is dealt with in five departments of the executive branch. These departments are the Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Labor, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Within the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement handle both the enforcement and administration of benefits under immigration laws. Immigrant visa petitions, asylum and refugee applications, and other facets of the immigration process are handled by the USCIS.

Length of Time for Getting a Visa Processed

Family-based immigrant visas are normally the visas that are approved most quickly. It usually takes more time for an immigrant visa to be processed than it does for a nonimmigrant visa. It is possible that employment-based immigrant visas will go through the system without taking too much time, but there can be delays resulting from having to procure a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor. For labor certifications, the processing times tends to vary significantly between regional offices. As would be expected, the areas with the greatest delays are those with the highest number of applicants. Through the United States National Visa Center, visas can be processed within a few weeks or a few months, but in some cases, they make take years to be approved.

If a visa application is not correctly filled out, this can create a logjam in the system and allow unwelcome surprises to occur. These problems can occur when applicants do not provide the required supporting documents, give inadequate information, or make other small, simple mistakes. In order to help speed up the process of attaining a visa, the application should be filled out correctly the first time, and its status should regularly be tracked. Having a skilled immigration attorney help you with this process is the best way to ensure that a visa application has been filed correctly. Your attorney will also help you track the application's progress to try and avoid unneeded delays.

Contact a Lombard Immigration Visa Attorney

Our immigration attorneys represent clients throughout the world. No matter which U.S. state you decide to live in, we can assist with the immigration process. Since this area of law is so complex, you should contact an immigration lawyer at Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices or call our office at 630-932-9100 if you have questions about immigrant visas or need any other general information about immigration laws and procedures. An attorney with experience in this area will be sure to give you accurate, reliable information concerning matters related to immigration.

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