Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal... Neither race nor place of birth should
affect their chances.
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy
The Arrivals Group is part of Pregen, Inc. - a not-for-profit advocacy group - dedicated to immigration support, education and vocational training for arriving families. Our experienced attorneys - Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Jacobson - focus on all areas of US immigration and nationality law and and dedicated to our cause of helping unite families and provide immigration support.
We work with you in the strictest confidence (YOUR INFORMATION REMAINS CONFIDENTIAL) every step of the way and provide you with assistance as you seek to achieve your immigration goals of uniting with your family in the US and making a great home for yourself.
The US Immigration laws are complex and always changing. immigration requires a great deal of focused experience and research to navigate safely through. Anyone with enough time and motivation can do it but we save you time and money and help you to make a decision that is right for your situation. We listen to your story in strict confidence and work with you for the best solution for your specific case. Whether you are an individual, a family or a business and whether you are now in the US or outside, our experienced attorneys and representatives will explore with you the available options and select the best solution for your unique case.
Like many things in life, nothing is guaranteed and especially in immigration laws. Change is the only constant and more so in immigration law. Our job is to stay informed and up to date on these changes and make sure your rights are protected at all times. our network of Immigration Service Professionals will work and be with you every step of the process.
Our experienced Immigration Service Professionals will assist you in your petitions to unite with other family members outside the US and for those already here. Our objective is to help you regularize their status and be free of fear.
It is always a challenge to get the right workforce. We don't create them either but we will work with you to ensure you operate within the law and bring in the right labour force for your organization.
Our success is based on working with you in strict confidence, listening to you, conducting relevant research and developing the ideal solution for your case. We cannot do it without understanding your unique story, your goals, background and expectations. Then, we work with you all the way for the right solution.
The Arrivals Group has a rich experience helping individuals and families deal with all manners of immigration issues - from the simple and routine to the most complex.
Benefit from our experience as we help you understand the process, gather necessary documents and submit the required forms.
Call our office at (630) 800 - 2139 or contact us online to discuss - in confidence - your immigration issue with an experienced and dedicated Immigration Service Professional.
What are I-601 & I-601A Waivers?
Form I-601 is the Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Hardship Waiver). Form I-601A is the Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (Provisional Waiver). Both the I-601 and I-601A can be used to adjust for “unlawful presence.” In order to obtain U.S. green card, through adjustment of status or consular processing, you must be qualified and “admissible.” The United States government may refuse entry to anyone who falls within the list of grounds of inadmissibility such as people who pose security, health, or any related risks. By using Form I-601 or I-601A issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), certain foreign applicants who are unable to immigrate into the U.S. because they are inadmissible can request a waiver of inadmissibility. However, certain categories of inadmissibility are considered so serious that the U.S. government will not allow a waiver for them. Foreigners whose spouse, child, or parent are U.S. citizens may be eligible to file an I-601 or I-601A application to waive inadmissibility in order to receive a visa or green card if they are able to prove that they would suffer extreme hardship without them.
Differences between I-601 and I-601A:
The main difference between the two waivers is that the I-601 is filed outside of the U.S., and the I-601A is filed while inside the U.S.
With an I-601 Waiver, the USCIS will reevaluate the circumstances considering the act or acts that made the person inadmissible against the hardship caused to the relative because of their absence. The more severe the inadmissibility, the more extreme the hardship to the qualifying relative must be.
A I-601A Waiver, known as the Provisional Waiver, is similar yet slightly different. With an I-601A Waiver, undocumented immigrants or overstays who can prove that time and distance apart from their U.S. citizen spouse, child or parent would create extreme hardship. This waiver allows the immediate family members of the U.S. citizen to begin the application for an immigrant visa without leaving the United States. According to the USCIS, “Foreign nationals who are not eligible to adjust their status in the United States must travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return.” With the I-601A Waiver, even if your provisional unlawful presence is approved, you still must leave the U.S. to interview abroad with U.S. consular officer. Those individuals who have been illegally present in the U.S. for more than six months are subject to a bar of inadmissibility for 3 (if stay is under a year) or 10 (if stay is a year or more) years if they depart the U.S.
If you've been living in the U.S. unlawfully for a long time (over 10 years or more without interruption) and have been placed in removal (deportation) proceedings, you may be able to obtain permanent resident status and stay in the country. This would be under section 240A(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and under the grounds of your marriage to a US citizen.
Citizenship of the United States confers numerous benefits on recipients including the right to vote, religious and political freedom and unparalleled opportunities. The process for obtaining full citizenship can be complex and often lengthy. It is essential to work with an experienced citizenship and naturalization personnel to help you through the process.
At The Arrivals Group, we are focused on helping you through the process of obtaining full United States citizenship and advising you on the steps necessary to get there.
"Naturalization" means that a foreign-born individual has become a U.S. citizen. Although it can be a long, involved process, naturalization gives you all the same rights you'd enjoy if you'd been born in the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) manages the process, and the final decision comes down to a USCIS officer.
Certain Requirements Must Be Met
Family visas are available for people seeking to bring their families into the United States. There visas are available for citizens, permanent residents and green card holders. Depending on your status in the country, we can help you obtain a family-based visa for your:The first step toward becoming a naturalized citizen is to be sure you meet all the requirements. In most cases, you must have a green card and you must have been a permanent resident of the United States for at least five years. The five-year rule is reduced to three years if you got your green card because you married a U.S. citizen. If you've served in the U.S. military, there's usually no time requirement. You must be at least 18 years old and not convicted of a serious crime.
Most Children Are Already Citizens
If your parents are or were U.S. citizens, either born or naturalized before you turned 18, you may already be a citizen. You would not have to apply to USCIS for naturalization.
You Must Be Fingerprinted
Naturalization requires fingerprinting. After you've submitted an acceptable application, you'll receive a notice from USCIS telling you where and when to go to have this done. Most members of the U.S. military can skip this step, but speak with a lawyer to be sure.
USCIS Will Interview You
After you've submitted your naturalization application and had your fingerprints sent to USCIS, an officer will notify you with a time and place for an interview. The interview involves reviewing your paperwork, as well as taking a test. The test proves that you can speak, read, and write English. You'll be tested on your knowledge of U.S. history, as well as the U.S. government system. If you fail the test, you'll be assigned a date and time to take it again. Otherwise, you'll receive a notice of when to appear to be sworn in as a citizen of the United States.
The formal removal of an alien from the United States occurs when the alien has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. Your legal defences are limited if you are "undocumented" (no immigration status in the United States) and you are
in "removal" proceedings. To avoid being removed (deported), you should contact an experienced immigration law expert to help with your case to increase your chances of staying in the U.S.
An immigration judge may tell you what types of relief from removal the person appears to qualify for. However, an experienced immigration expert can spend more time with you and provide you with a fuller explanation of what types of relief might realistically be available to you. the relieves available from being deported are:
Adjustment of status: most likely under Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) Section 245 or 245(i). This is a way of changing from nonimmigrant to immigrant status in order to get legal status in the United States. Usually (among other requirements), you have to have entered the U.S. legally to qualify for adjustment. However, some exceptions to the legal-entry requirement are available.
Adjustment of status through "registry" under I.N.A. Section 249. This is a way of getting a green card if you entered the U.S. before January 1, 1972 and meet other requirements. These include residence in the U.S. since that date, "admissibility," and "good moral character." contact us today to understand what these terms mean and what chances you have.
Asylum. This is a form of protection for people who have fled persecution or fear future persecution in their home country, which allows legal status in the U.S., a work permit, and eventually a green card.
Withholding of removal. Like asylum in many ways, withholding is more difficult to obtain, because you have to show that it is "more likely than not" that you would be persecuted in your home country upon return. Also, it provides fewer benefits than asylum, because recipients are usually ineligible to apply for permanent residence or travel outside of the United States. However, a person who gets withholding can stay in the U.S. and can get work authorization.
Most people who entered the United States illegally as a child probably live in fear of being discovered and deported. Furthermore, many have probably been denied access to opportunities because of this fear and the lack of proper immigration documentation.
Fortunately, recent legal developments seem to offer people in this situation an opportunity to escape the constant fear of deportation and obtain the documentation necessary to regularize their stay as well as access services and
opportunities that others take for granted. The law in this area is still developing and no definitive stage has been established yet. The Arrivals Group will stay tuned as both the government and the US congress continue to determine
what the outcome should be for those caught within this area. We stay informed of the latest immigration policy updates and stand ready to help those who qualify to take advantage of these developments.
Asylum and refugee statuses are special legal protections available to people who have left their home country for their own safety and are afraid to return. Under the U.S. immigration laws who should seek asylum status, and who should seek refugee status
is a matter of where you are when you apply. People outside of the United States must apply for refugee status. People who have already made it to the United States border or the interior (perhaps by using a visa or by entering illegally)
can apply for asylum status.
Once granted, both statuses allow you to stay in the United States indefinitely. Asylees and refugees are given permission to work and are allowed to apply for a green card (within one year of either entering the United States as a refugee or being approved for asylum).
But not everyone qualifies for asylum or refugee status. You must meet some strict requirements as detailed below. In particular, you must show two things:
An Adjustment of Status is an application filed by an alien who is physically in the United States and who wants to change his or her non-immigrant status to immigrant or permanent resident status. To file for adjustment of status application, the immigrant
must not only be eligible to adjust, but must also not have any bars from making the application.
To be eligible, an alien must meet the following criteria:
The United States welcomes thousands of foreign workers in multiple occupations or employment categories every year. These include artists, researchers, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors,
scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers and others. All foreign workers must obtain permission to work legally in the United States. Each employment category for admission has different requirements, conditions and authorized
periods of stay. It is important that you adhere to the terms of your application or petition for admission and visa. Any violation can result in removal or denial of re-entry into the United States.
Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Worker
A temporary worker is an individual seeking to enter the United States temporarily for a specific purpose. Nonimmigrants enter the United States for a temporary period of time, and once in the United States, are restricted to the activity or reason for which their nonimmigrant visa was issued.
Permanent (Immigrant) Worker
A permanent worker is an individual who is authorized to live and work permanently in the United States.
Students and Exchange Visitors
Students and exchange visitors may, under certain circumstances, be allowed to work in the United States. They must obtain permission from an authorized official at their school. The authorized official is known as a Designed School Official (DSO) for students and the Responsible Officer (RO) for exchange visitors.
Information for Employers & Employees
Employers must verify that an individual whom they plan to employ or continue to employ in the United States is authorized to accept employment in the United States. Individuals, such as those who have been admitted as permanent residents, granted asylum or refugee status, or admitted in work-related nonimmigrant classifications, may have employment authorization as a direct result of their immigration status. Other aliens may need to apply individually for employment authorization.
Temporary Visitors For Business
To visit the United States for business purposes you will need to obtain a visa as a temporary visitor for business (B-1 visa), unless you qualify for admission without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. For more information on the topics above, select the category related to your situation to the left.
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