Immigration FAQ

Immigration FAQ

Sverdloff Law Group

Immigration FAQ

Why Should I Hire an Immigration Law Attorney?

Immigration law usually involves the filing of specific forms, providing supporting documents, and submitting fees. Any inaccurate information or late filings can make the process longer or prevent you or your loved ones from becoming permanent residents or citizens of the United States. Sverdloff Law Group is experienced and dedicated to meeting your immigration needs. Chicago immigration attorney Julia Sverdloff will answer any immigration questions you have and represent you in any deportation or removal proceedings you may face.

What is a Green Card?

A green card is known as a permanent resident card and allows you to work and live in the United States permanently. There are different categories of green cards, and they may be available to certain family members of citizens or lawful permanent residents, certain employees, victims of abuse or those under asylum or refugee status, and other categories of persons. Once you obtain a green card, you may qualify to undergo the naturalization process to become a United States Citizen.

How Long is a Green Card Valid?

Once you obtain a green card, you have the same rights as other permanent residents to live and work in the United States indefinitely. However, green cards must be renewed every 10 years generally. The exception to this rule applies to those who have a marriage-based green card and have been married for less than two years upon obtaining status as a permanent resident. Known as a conditional green card, holders of these must file a petition plus proof of a bona fide marriage within 90 days prior to the two-year anniversary of obtaining permanent resident status. Once the petition is approved, the holder of the conditional green card will be granted the green card to be renewed every 10 years.

Failure to renew a green card can result in issues with obtaining employment, renewing a license, or re-entering the country. Additionally, failure to file a petition to remove conditions of a conditional green card can result in deportation or removal proceedings being initiated against you.

What Happens When Deportation and Removal Proceedings Are Initiated?

When deportation proceedings are initiated, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, will issue a Notice to Appear. The notice will provide reasons why an alien should be removed or deported. You will be served with the notice, and it will be filed in Chicago’s Immigration Court. A hearing will take place, and a judge will determine whether the information in the notice is correct. If the judge finds the information is correct, the alien will be removed.

What If I Have More Questions Regarding Immigration Law?

If you have questions or need assistance in submitting any immigration petitions and supporting documents, an attorney with experience in immigration law can help. Call Sverdloff Law Group. Our staff is available to help those in the Chicago and southern Wisconsin areas and speak Ukrainian and Russian. Contact us and schedule your consultation today.

How much are the USCIS filing fees?

A filing fee is required for many immigration forms. If you do not submit the correct fee, USCIS will reject your form.  Please click here to view the fee schedule.


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