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immigration process in the United States can be confusing, intimidating,
costly, and very frustrating. But whatever your immigration needs may
be, we are here to help. Immigration is all we do!
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Jeremy Lime focuses his practice exclusively on immigration and naturalization law. He has successfully represented clients from more than two dozen countries in employment-based and family-based immigration matters.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Mr. Lime has a deep understanding of the concerns facing Latino immigrants in the Chicagoland area, as well as their families. He frequently delivers presentations in Spanish to schools and community organizations on topics such as Deferred Action, Hardship Waivers, and Family-Based Immigration.
In addition to legal experience, Mr. Lime also has extensive professional experience in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he served as an editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and on the executive boards of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Pro Bono Research Group.
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"I've already researched all the options and I know what I want to do. Do I REALLY need a consultation with the Attorney?"
The consultation is vital for making sure that you and your attorney
are on the same page. We believe that the client absolutely must be in
control. But there may be alternatives that you're not aware of, or
risks that need to be discussed before deciding on the best strategy.
you are inside or outside of the United States, picking the right
immigration strategy and learning about all risks and benefits is the
most important first step. Below are summaries of the main categories of
immigration benefits. This is very general information, and not legal
advice. Please schedule a consultation with Attorney Jeremy Lime to determine which path is the best for you.
Adjustment of Status
Adjustment of Status is
the process of applying for permanent residence (also called the "Green
Card") without having to leave the United States.
Examples of immigrants
who qualify for Adjustment of Status include those who came to
the United States after being inspected and admitted, those who came to
the United States illegally but were the beneficiaries of petitions
filed before April 30, 2001, and refugees and asylees.
Immigrants who need "waivers" because they have lied to immigration officials in the past or have committed other kinds of immigration violations, have certain criminal convictions, or who have certain health problems, do not qualify for adjustment of status and will instead have to apply for a visa in their home country.
Immigrant Visa Processing
Immigrants who do not qualify for Adjustment of Status must obtain an immigrant visa at a consulate in their home country.
Immigrant Visa Processing consists of several steps including:
Collection of civil documents
Submission of affidavit of support
Criminal backgroud checks and medical exam
Leaving the United States can have very serious consequences for your immigration situation, so it is very important to obtain legal advice before departing for any reason.
Relief from Deportation or Removal
If you or a family member have received a "Notice to Appear," been
arrested by immigration authorities, or have another reason to believe
you may be in danger of deportation, you should seek advice from a
qualified attorney right away.
There are a lot of factors---like whether you have U.S. citizen
children, how long you have lived in the United States, and your good
moral character---that don't qualify you for a Green Card but that might
help you avoid being deported.
Benefits for Victims of Domestic Violence or Other Crimes
Immigrants who have
been victims of certain crimes or who were abused or battered by a U.S.
citizen or permanent resident family member can qualify for immigration
benefits that will lead to U.S. citizenship.
Immigrants who wouldn't
be eligible for other types of benefits can still qualify under one of
these categories. This is a very complex process, so you should seek
legal representation before deciding to apply.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
and young adults who came to the United States before turning 16
(sometimes known as "DREAMers") and meet all of the pertinent
requirements can qualify for a process known as "Deferred Action."
action does not lead directly to permanent residence or citizenship in
the United States, approved applicants can get work authorization, a
Social Security number, and a driver's license.