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The Chicago Immigration Lawyer – 4 Frequently Asked Family Immigration and Visa Questions

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The Chicago Immigration Lawyer – 4 Frequently Asked Family Immigration and Visa Questions

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As an immigration lawyer for 30 years I most often hear the following 4 questions from immigrants looking to reunite with their family members.

When you are looking to reunite your family, you are looking for speed and a minimum of hassles. Yet, for better or worse, immigration based on a family relationship is a difficult and complex area of immigration law.

Here are answers to 4 of the most frequently asked family immigration questions:

Is there a cap on family based immigration?

It depends on the category of sponsorship. There are caps in certain areas and no limitation under other categories. Furthermore, if an applicant does not qualify as an immediate relative, they may apply under one of four categories. Experienced immigration attorneys are invaluable in family based immigration because they understand the shifting landscape of immigration law and can frequently speed-up the immigration process.

Is it better to process an application for my fiancee in the United States or in his/her country of residence?

While it is better to process an application in the U.S., be aware that as a general policy, the USCIS carefully scrutinizes the “spouse” family-sponsored preference category because of the opportunity for immigration fraud through forms of invalid and nonviable marriages.

If my loved one is currently living abroad, how soon can they come over to the U.S?

The critical question here is whether you entered the U.S. legally. If yes, an attorney can help you make decisions on the best approach for them to enter the U.S. If you are here, illegally, an attorney cannot help you with an entry visa but can discuss the latest regulations under amnesty or guest worker options.

I have older parents and I am becoming concerned about them. How can I take care of them?

The most straightforward way is to start with a visa process. Your parents can come to visit you for 6 months on a visitor visa as an example.

What is the value of U.S. citizenship versus remaining a permanent resident?

There are many advantages to U.S. citizenship and one of the benefits is that U.S. citizens can sponsor their parents (short wait) or brothers/sisters (very long wait) for immigration but permanent residents cannot. There is no waiting period for a U.S. Citizen to sponsor a spouse.

You probably have plenty of additional questions regarding family, spouse and fiance’ immigration and are not sure where to turn. Relax! You can download a more detailed and informative report on family immigration for free at Chicago Immigration Lawyer Family Immigration.

For a large list of other free immigration resources you can visit Immigration Lawyer Chicago.

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Ronald Shapiro is the experienced, guiding hand behind the Shapiro Law Group and

Our 30 Years of Experience and Results in Immigration and Emigration means you can relax.

Chicago Immigration Lawyer Advocates is the family, individual and small business branch of the The Shapiro Law Group with offices in Chicago and Northbrook, Illinois.

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Top Chicago Personal Injury Law Firm, Power, Rogers & Smith, Hires New Attorney, Carolyn Daley Scott

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 14, 2007

Power, Rogers & Smith is proud to announce that Carolyn Daley Scott joined the powerhouse Chicago personal injury law firm in November 2006 after graduating from DePaul University College of Law.

Ms. Daley Scott will be working with Power, Rogers & Smith’s renowned personal injury lawyers in assisting the firm’s clients with various personal injury matters.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Daley Scott got her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University in 2002, and then returned to Chicago to attend law school at DePaul. Soon after starting law school, Ms. Daley Scott realized that she wanted to practice personal injury law because of her deep belief in helping people and in the justice system. While at law school, Ms. Daley Scott was a law clerk with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office where she represented defendants in murder cases as part of the Public Defender’s Murder Task Force. She also clerked for Power, Rogers & Smith throughout law school, working on various injury matters with the firm’s talented attorneys.

In addition to her desire to assist people in need, Ms. Daley Scott wants to become an accomplished trial lawyer. With some of the top trial lawyers in the nation, “Power, Rogers & Smith is the best training ground for aspiring trial lawyers”, says Ms. Daley Scott.

At DePaul Law School, Ms. Daley Scott’s interest in trial work led her to start a student chapter of the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. A founding member and vice president of this student organization, Ms. Daley Scott was intimately involved with the group’s activities. Upon graduation, Ms. Daley Scott became a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Illinois Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

About Power, Rogers & Smith

For nearly three decades, Power, Rogers & Smith and its founding partners have been dedicated solely to the representation of Illinois’s personal injury victims in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of automobile accidents, train accidents, construction accidents, brain injuries, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, and many other forms of medical malpractice.

The skilled and experienced lawyers at Power, Rogers & Smith have obtained over 200 personal injury and wrongful death recoveries in excess of million for serious injury and wrongful death cases, totaling nearly billion over time.

In addition to handling demanding personal injury caseloads, Joseph A. Power, Jr., Larry R. Rogers, and Todd A. Smith are active in the community and have been recognized by numerous organizations for their contributions, including Joe Power’s 2003 Citizen of the Year Award by the City Club of Chicago.

About Power, Rogers & Smith – Top Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Named in Chicago Lawyer magazine as the No. 1 Plaintiff’s Law Firm in Chicago, in several surveys the personal injury law firm of Power Rogers & Smith has been recognized for many years as the leader in Illinois injury law.

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Chicago Divorce Attorney, John C. Vojta, Welcomes New Attorney to Firm

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 15, 2010

Top divorce lawyer in Chicago suburbs, John C. Vojta, has recently announced the expansion of his law firm with the addition of associate attorney, and wife, Donnalyn M. Vojta. With more than 10 years of experience in litigation and real estate transactions, Ms. Vojta will serve the community in family law cases and represent clients who are buying or selling homes.

“I’m very excited to be joining The Law Offices of John C. Vojta in serving the people of the Chicago area. The Vojta office deals directly with families and homeowners, and I’m happy to be a part of a team that not only delivers professionalism and expertise, but also compassion and loyalty during difficult and often emotional times of need,” says Donnalyn Vojta, associate attorney.

Among the cases handled by the Chicago divorce lawyers at Vojta Law are contested and uncontested divorces, enforcement and modifications of divorce judgments, and all residential and property matters.

In addition to working with people on a personal level, Ms. Vojta is dedicated to remaining educated on the latest in family law and real estate. After graduating from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, she continues to attend legal seminars to ensure that her clients receive unmatched service and advice in every case. Ms. Vojta is licensed to practice in the Northern Federal District Court of Illinois.

“Maintaining a strong education in family law matters and real estate issues is a huge priority for me. An attorney’s education doesn’t end with a law degree – I am constantly learning as much as I can in order to provide my clients with the professional and reliable legal advice that they deserve. John and I share a commitment to excellence, and I’m proud to be serving the people of Chicago with him,” says Ms. Vojta.

About Vojta Law: John C. Vojta is a Chicago divorce attorney with law offices in Palatine, Illinois. With 28 years of experience, along with a dedicated staff, Vojta law serves the people of metro Chicago, Northwest Chicago suburbs, and other surrounding areas in matters including family law, real estate, traffic/criminal. For more information, visit

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Chicago Truck Accident Attorney | Illinois Car Accident Lawyer Over the last 15 years, insurance companies have increasingly developed general policies of undervaluing the amount of compensation owed to injury victims of automobile accidents caused by the negligence or carelessness of other people. In fact, many insurance companies have resorted to computer programs to determine the value of a personal injury case. Furthermore, many companies don’t believe that people can sustain injuries unless they are dead or seriously maimed. Our personal injury lawyers are intent on trying to change the way insurance companies evaluate injuries sustained in car accidents. The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates, PC has succeeded in resolving many cases like these that other law firms have generally found challenging to prove. Our personal injury lawyers are here to fight for your rights as an injured person, and we will do everything we can to make sure that the liable party’s insurance company pays you the maximum recovery for your injuries. Aggressive and Immediate Representation From the moment you decide to retain our law firm as your legal representation, we will take immediate and decisive action. We have a doctor on our staff with a law degree. He will examine your injuries and make the best assessment of how long and how much money it will take for you to recover. Often, our car accident experts will examine the accident scene to collect and document evidence for your claim. Our attorneys will contact the
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Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago Robert J Callahan Gets Felony Drug Charge Dismissed

Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago Robert J Callahan Gets Felony Drug Charge Dismissed

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 5, 2009

Unfortunately, life is not always a bed of roses, and at times, it can deal very difficult cards in the form of criminal charges. Considerable amounts of criminal charges that are pressed against people are unconstitutional or outright illegal and unfair. In some cases, people just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the case may be, the Constitution guarantees you certain rights. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent. The Government has the burden of overcoming that presumption.

Recent case victories for Robert J Callahan and Associates prove that one of the top names in Chicago criminal defense is Robert J Callahan. Case number 09 MC1-103171 was heard at Branch 48 Cook County Courthouse and involved a Felony drug charge. “Shelton O. was allegedly stopped by Chicago Police Officers because his license plate was not properly illuminated according to court documents. He argued with the officers about the reason for the stop and was dragged from his car,” said Mr. Callahan. According to court documents the officers claimed that Shelton did not have his driver’s license on his person, and arrested him. “During cross-examination at the Preliminary Hearing, the officer testified contrary to his written report. Numerous inconsistencies were exposed. At the close of cross-examination the Judge issued a finding of No Probable Cause,” said Callahan. This case was dismissed with a Finding of No Probable Cause/Non-suit on 2-24-09.

In the overwhelming majority of criminal cases rights are not being upheld and enforced. Rigorous, experienced and effective representation safeguards one’s future, and assures compliance with one’s rights. Any mistake in this area can be costly, both monetarily and with regard to personal freedom. Unless one finds an experienced Chicago defense attorney, it is not going to be easy to defend one’s rights.

Robert J Callahan comes out victoriously in criminal cases. His latest victories speak for themselves. Through his sharp investigation tactics, Robert Callahan established in the court that his client had other compelling reasons for fleeing the accident scene and that he was not responsible for the accident. This criminal defense attorney from Chicago is never satisfied with superficial investigation. He drills down deep into the reports until he finds his trump card and his perseverance pays well.

“It is frustrating and frightening to witness what happens to people who fail to find a defense lawyer” said Mr. Callahan. “When it comes to investigation, the defense lawyer should know how to build the case against all odds. Evidence will not be as obvious to the naked, inexperienced eye as to a seasoned professional. Hard work, experience and investigation can often uncover the truth,” stated Callahan.

Though Robert J Callahan is a busy criminal defense lawyer, he is happy to help people who are looking for more than just legal representation. His greatest asset is his experience. Over the past 15 years, he has faced a variety of criminal cases. Mere knowledge in law is not sufficient to win cases and to prove the innocence of clients. It requires a sharp mind and the willingness to go the extra mile to safeguard the interests of his clients.

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