Chicago Immigration Attorneys

At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., we provide a complete array of immigration-related legal services. Immigration is one of the most complex areas of the federal law. As such, it is important to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to represent your interests. Our attorneys are among the best and brightest in their field. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. we are skilled in all areas of immigration law.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) has been Rescinded

On September 5th, 2017 the Trump Administration rescinded the DACA program. This is an unfortunate turn of events as it moves up backwards in the progress we had been hoping to make in allowing young people brought to the United States by their parents to have some stable immigration status in the United States.

We urge Congress to take action and fix our broken immigration laws starting with providing relief to the DREAMERs.

This is what we know about the rescission of DACA now:

Current DACA holders: Current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. DACA benefits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance.

Individuals who currently have an initial DACA requests pending: USCIS will adjudicate—on an individual, case-by-case basis—all properly filed DACA initial requests and associated applications for EADs that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017.

Individuals who currently have a request for renewal of DACA pending: USCIS adjudicate—on an individual, case-by-case basis—properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted as of October 5, 2017.

USCIS will reject all requests to renew DACA and associated applications for EADs filed after October 5, 2017.

Once an individual’s DACA expires, will their case be referred to ICE for enforcement purposes?: Information provided to USCIS in DACA requests will not be proactively provided to ICE and CBP for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings, unless the requestor meets the criteria for the issuance of a Notice To Appear or a referral to ICE under the criteria set forth in USCIS’ Notice to Appear guidance (www.uscis.gov/NTA).

Will USCIS share the personal information of individuals whose pending requests are denied proactively with ICE for enforcement purposes?: Generally, information provided in DACA requests will not be proactively provided to other law enforcement entities (including ICE and CBP) for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings unless the requestor poses a risk to national security of public safety, or meets the criteria for the issuance of a Notice To Appear or a referral to ICE under the criteria.

Will DACA recipients still be able to travel outside of the United States while their DACA is valid?: Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program. Those with a current advance parole validity period from a previously-approved advance parole application will generally retain the benefit until it expires. However, CBP will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Further, USCIS retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.

What happens to individuals who have pending requests for advance parole to travel outside of the United States?: USCIS will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees.

Experienced Immigration Attorneys, Personalized Legal Counsel

At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., we understand just how important immigration issues are to individuals and families. The opportunity to live, work and study in the United States can make an enormous difference in someone’s life. We have years of experience working with foreign nationals and their families to obtain the immigration benefits they need. We offer our clients compassion, professionalism, and accessibility during what can be a difficult process.

Regardless of your immigration needs, we have the experience to assist you. We help clients with:

The office of Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. is located in Itasca, Illinois, which conveniently serves DuPage County and surrounding areas. We serve clients throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond.

Hiring the Right Immigration Attorney

Some areas of the law are more forgiving than others. Immigration law is not one of them. Mistakes made in the immigration process can have serious and often permanent consequences. The best way to prevent these mistakes from jeopardizing your immigration status is to hire an experienced immigration attorney. 

Our firm is uniquely structured to provide maximum assistance to immigration clients. Our immigration attorney is skilled in all types of immigration matters and offers continuous attention to clients. The immigration attorney personally handles each case, and provide an added layer of support and communication for our clients.

If you or a loved on is in need of immigration counsel, contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. represents clients throughout the Illinois, area, including the cities of Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Des Plaines, Palatine, Mt Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Park Ridge, Oak Brook, Northbrook, Joliet, Naperville, Wheaton, Evanston, Des Plaines, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Skokie, Niles, Hoffman Estates, Elmhurst, Cicero, Downers Grove, and Hanover Park, as well as the communities in and around Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, Will County, Kane County and McHenry County.
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