Immigration & Citizenship

Kane County Immigration Lawyers

Skilled and Compassionate Immigration and Citizenship Attorneys in Aurora, IL

U.S. immigration law is complex and confusing, and obtaining legal permanent resident status and citizenship can seem like a daunting task with mountains of red tape to overcome. Many also find the process of dealing with the USCIS intimidating to say the least. However, the reward of finally becoming a naturalized American makes the entire process worthwhile. To help navigate through the seemingly endless steps to becoming a U.S. citizen, it is helpful to have experienced immigration and citizenship attorneys in your corner.

The lawyers at Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. have been proudly representing people seeking immigration, naturalization, and citizenship for over 30 years. Our firm was founded with the mission to aggressively advocate for the interests of those who had difficulty standing up for themselves. We strongly believe that immigrants make essential contributions to the strength of our communities and the society as a whole, and we consider it a privilege to help individuals and families achieve their dreams of becoming part of American life.

Our firm has successfully helped thousands of people with family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, immigrant and non-immigrant visas and deportation and removal issues before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Administrative Appeals Office of the United States Department of Justice, the Board of Immigration Appeals and in federal district court. In fact, one of our attorneys has the unique experience of having worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service as an instructor, examiner, attorney and teacher before devoting his experience and advocacy to help people seeking legal recognition by the federal government. In the 1980s, we helped to establish the U.S. Immigration Service Amnesty Legalization Office in Aurora.

The U.S. Citizenship Process

If you are an immigrant, you may qualify for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process if you:

  • Have had permanent residency status (with a valid green card) and lived in the United States for at least five years.
  • Have married a U.S. citizen and lived in the United States for at least three years.
  • Have married a U.S. citizen who is being transferred out of the country by a government agency, multinational company or the U.S. military.
  • Have served in the U.S. military and had permanent residency status and lived in the United States for at least three years.

If you meet these qualifications, you may file an application for citizenship by submitting a form N-400 along with a copy of your green card, passport photos, the required fees and supporting documentation. Within a month or two after the application is filed, you will be notified of the date and time for your fingerprinting. Several months to a year (or more) later, your interview will take place. During the interview, you will be tested on your knowledge of English, U.S. government, and history. You must pass this test to remain eligible. The final step is the swearing in ceremony, where you receive your certificate of citizenship.

We help clients with all steps of both the legal permanent resident and citizenship process to ensure the paperwork is filled out properly, correct fees are paid, and you are fully prepared for your interview. If your application has been denied due to criminal background, visa or residency issues, we work closely with you to fully explain your options and lay out the best path to overcoming these obstacles.

There are few goals more important to the unity of families than obtaining visas for loved ones or achieving legal permanent resident status or naturalization or citizenship. Our experience, compassion, dedication and in-depth knowledge of immigration law will provide you with the skilled representation you deserve. Contact us today at 630-907-0909 for a personal consultation with an experienced immigration attorney. From our offices in Aurora, IL, we represent clients for immigration and citizenship matters in Naperville, Oswego, Montgomery, Sugar Grove, Kane County, Kendall County, Will County, DuPage County, Cook County, Chicago, and surrounding Northern Illinois communities.

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The USCIS issues a limited number of immigrant and non-immigrant visas each year to skilled workers and investors. Because of these limitations and the complexities of employment-based immigration law, it can be difficult for U.S. businesses to sponsor foreign workers to fill much-needed positions. At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C., we work with companies of all sizes and industries to skillfully navigate the immigration process and help obtain the workers you need.

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At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C., we proudly represent individuals, families, and businesses for all types of immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Our areas of focus include immigration and citizenship, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, deportation and removal issues, and many others. We work closely with our clients to skillfully navigate the complexities of the U.S. immigration system and move your application toward a successful conclusion.

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Our Lawyers


We have some of the finest attorneys practicing today. They are recognized nationally for their skill and integrity. Each one is dedicated to helping people and to securing justice. Our different areas of focus are used collaboratively to provide comprehensive remedies and solutions. Contact one of us and we will all roll up our sleeves and work for you.

Our Office


We provide the experience, resources and facilities of a big-city firm without the inconvenience and expense of driving and parking in Chicago. Located 40 miles west of Chicago on the far west side of Aurora, we are easy to reach from anywhere in northern Illinois.