Law Offices of Julie T. Emerick, Ltd.
53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 836
Chicago, Illinois 60604-3606 USA
Direct Dial: (312) 372-3380
e-Fax: (312) 277-3198

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Introduction
The Firm
Practice Areas
Attorney Information
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Introduction

In this day and age, leaving your home country to travel to the United States, or to any country for that matter, may be laden with concern and challenges.

    • What documentation to I need to travel?
    Definitely an unexpired machine-readable passport!

    • Do I need a visa?
    Maybe, it depends.

    • Once I arrive, how long can I stay in that country?
    Again, it depends on your purpose for visiting that country.

    • What “national security” issues should I be aware of?
    Applications to enter any country are scrutinized by the Border Official and security or background checks are often conducted – even at the border while you wait!

    • Will my spouse be able to work during my expatriate assignment?
    Possibly.

    • Can my same-sex partner accompany me?
    Maybe.

    • May the children bring the hamster with them?
    Given the facts of that particular case and existing law at the time, the response was –“Yes, but not the nesting materials!”

The point to be made is that international travel is no longer as hassle-free as it once was. It is helpful to remember that international travel (in particular travel to and from the United States), including travel to contiguous lands such as Canada or Mexico, is travel to a foreign country. North America has yet to open its doors for the “free movement of people” as within the European Union.

Also, as a result of the incidents of September 11, 2001 and other international events, security at the U.S. and other national borders has heightened. Thus, with an application to enter United States or any country, the purpose for the visit and the background of the individual are scrutinized and often the inspection process at the borders seems more arduous.

We realize that the data on the World Wide Web is plentiful and other sites discussing U.S. and foreign immigration issues exist. The objective of this site is to serve as a source of information aimed at simplifying global migration. Welcome!


The Firm

The Firm is a full-service immigration law firm driven by core values of professionalism, integrity, dependability, experience and compassion. We aim to serve as your trusted resource for global migration legal issues.


Practice Areas

Areas of practice include but are not limited to:

Employment-Based Immigration: The Firm practices in all areas of employment-based immigration including strategic planning for the hiring and employment of foreign nationals on a temporary (nonimmigrant) and long-term (Green Card) basis. We prepare and file Immigrant (Labor Certifications/PERM and Labor Certification Exemptions) and Nonimmigrant (all alpha-numeric classifications) Visa Petitions. The Firm consults with employers on immigration issues related to corporate mergers and acquisitions and works with employers to develop Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify compliance policies. The Firm also represents employers during investigations and audits by the bureaus of the Department of Homeland Security (ICE or USCIS), the Department of Labor, the Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration Related Employment Practices, and the Social Security Administration. We are pleased to represent applicants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Family-Based Immigration: The Firm prepares family-based immigration petitions (K, V and Green Card) and represents clients at proceedings for Adjustment of Status and removing Conditional Resident Status.

Other Immigration Matters: The Firm negotiates Interest/Benefits (Humanitarian) Paroles with applicable government agencies; prepares Requests for Asylum; represents clients at Deferred Inspections; prepares Immigrant and Nonimmigrant waivers for grounds of excludability and Section 212(e) waivers; and represents clients in Naturalization processing.

Foreign Visa Work: The Firm prepares Work Permit/Visa Applications for the employment of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in other counties. We also have relationships with co-counsel in several countries to facilitate the visa processing.


Attorney Information

Julie T. Emerick has been practicing Immigration and Nationality Law since 1992. After working for law firms in Michigan and Illinois, she established her firm in September 1998. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association and the Federal Bar Association. Ms. Emerick is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law (www.udmercy.edu) and she received her baccalaureate degree from John Carroll University (www.jcu.edu).


Location

The Firm is located in Chicago's Loop in the historic Monadnock Building.

Law Offices of Julie T. Emerick, Ltd.
53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 836
Chicago, Illinois 60604-3606

Direct Dial: (312) 372-3380
e-Fax: (312) 277-3198
E-mail: jtemerick@emigrate-immigrate.com


Request

After practicing immigration and nationality law almost twenty years, I am proud to say that I really enjoy my chosen career and field. Any information on how the Firm can improve the services provided or the content of www.emigrate-immigrate.com is always welcomed. Thank you, Julie T. Emerick.

Disclaimer: The information provided at www.emigrate-immigrate.com is as a source of information and is not to be construed as legal advice, nor is it a solicitation for legal services.

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