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At Smith & Weer, P.C., in Pekin, Illinois, we help people during their time of need. Our law firm is dedicated to guiding clients through bankruptcy, family law disputes, criminal charges and business matters. In every case, our goal is to quickly resolve issues with the most optimal outcome so that you can move on with your life. Understandably, when your back is against the wall, you have...

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    At Smith & Weer, P.C., in Pekin, Illinois, we help people during their time of need. Our law firm is dedicated to guiding clients through bankruptcy, family law disputes, criminal charges and business matters. In every case, our goal is to quickly resolve issues with the most optimal outcome so that you can move on with your life. Understandably, when your back is against the wall, you have...

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    At Smith & Weer, P.C., in Pekin, Illinois, we help people during their time of need. Our law firm is dedicated to guiding clients through bankruptcy, family law disputes, criminal charges and business matters. In every case, our goal is to quickly resolve issues with the most optimal outcome so that you can move on with your life. Understandably, when your back is against the wall, you have...

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    Since the doors of Smith & Weer Attorney at Law opened in Pekin in 1992, our law firm has earned a reputation as a valuable ally to the residents of Central Illinois who face financial instability. In fact, our excellent reputation has led countless clients to our doors and allowed us to open two additional locations, including our law office in Galesburg. Today, our assistance is easily...

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    At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we believe in protecting the rights of the people of northeastern Illinois. From our law offices in the Chicago area, including the one in Joliet, we have proudly served fellow Illinois residents for over 35 years who face legal challenges in the following areas: •         Family law, including divorce...

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  • A Knowledgeable Divorce, Probate and Immigration Lawyer In DuPage County If a legal concern involves your family, your financial security, your freedom or all of these, it matters to me. I am Monika Blacha, an attorney practicing in Illinois since 1999 who will treat you with care and respect as we help you achieve your most vital family-related personal and financial goals. Every working day, I...

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    Mevorah Law Offices LLC is a St. Charles law firm founded in 1979 by experienced attorney Steven H. Mevorah. In the 35 years that have passed since our firm's doors first opened, we have established a reputation for providing outstanding legal services to the people of northeastern Illinois who need assistance with legal matters in a wide range of practice areas, including:...

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      Criminal Defense And Personal Injury — Serving Chicago And Suburbs Located in downtown Chicago, the Sutter Law Group, LLC, offers a full range of legal services for a diverse base of clients. With an additional office in Oakbrook Terrace, the law firm represents individuals, families and business owners throughout Cook, DuPage and Kane counties who have legal needs in any of the...

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      Criminal Defense And Personal Injury — Serving Oakbrook Terrace And DuPage County The Sutter Law Group, LLC, is a full-service law firm located in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. With an additional office in downtown Chicago, the law firm provides high-quality legal counsel and representation to clients throughout DuPage, Kane and Cook counties with their legal needs related to the...

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    Experienced attorney Steven H. Mevorah founded our Lombard law firm, Mevorah Law Offices LLC, with the goal of providing a wide range of high-quality legal services to the people of northeastern Illinois. Today, our firm's 11 attorneys continue to strive toward his original goal by representing the interests of clients from Lombard, Bloomingdale, Joliet, St. Charles, Chicago and the surrounding...

What are the requirements for U.S. citizenship?

In order to naturalize as a citizen of the United States, the initial requirement for all applicants is to be a Permanent Resident (i.e. have a Green Card). Depending on your situation, you’ll need to have been a permanent resident for at least three to five years prior to applying for citizenship. In addition, you must be at least 18 years old when you file your naturalization application; be able to speak, read and write basic English; and be a person of good moral character. For many of the requirements, certain exceptions apply and it’s useful to consult with an attorney near you to see whether you qualify for requirement exemptions.

How to get a Green Card?

There are a variety of methods for obtaining a Green Card, including through marriage or employment. A Green Card permits an individual the right to permanent residency in the United States. Although marriage to a U.S. citizen is a common means of obtaining a Green Card, there are various other methods such as a family member petitioning on your behalf, seeking asylum or residency as a refugee, an employer bringing you to this country for work, etc. An attorney can help determine whether you meet eligibility criteria and guide you through the arcane application procedures of immigration law.

How long does I-140 processing take?

In the United States, there are two USCIS service centers which process the I-140 immigration form. The time it takes to process will vary slightly depending on the service center. However, in general, the form takes an average of six months to process. Premium processing is a service offered by USCIS which guarantees processing of your I-140 within two weeks. This service requires an additional fee of over $1200. If USCIS is unable to process your form within 2 weeks, it will refund your money and continue with expedited processing. An immigration attorney will be able to provide you with much more specific information and can advise you on the best course of action with regards to filing your I-140.

What is the H1B to Green Card process?

During the Green Card application process, which can be lengthy, it is critical that you maintain lawful immigration status. Under certain circumstances, you can request an extension of your H-1B status in one-year increments while your Green Card application is being processed. H-1B extension processing time usually averages around 2-3 months although USCIS doesn’t offer any time guarantees. Working with an attorney to ensure timely and proper filing while remaining in legal immigration compliance is crucial to a successful adjustment of your status.

How do I choose a lawyer?

Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information?  Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice?  Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee?  Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located near you?

Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?

Here are a few to get you started:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How many cases like mine have you handled?
  • How often do you settle cases out of court?
  • What are your fees and costs?
  • What are the next steps?

Want to check lawyer discipline?

It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:

  • Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
  • Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
  • Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.