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Some Basics for Understanding U.S. Immigration

Looking for a place to start? Whether you're just beginning your immigration path or already working through the process, this is where you'll find the basics. Here, you will be introduced to common immigration terms, general procedures, frequently asked questions, useful advice and practical information.

How Long Does It Take To Get a Visa in 2012?
The wait time for a visa can vary greatly but following the government's instructions can get you to the United States faster.

Midwest Needs Immigrant Workers
A 2013 study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs concludes that immigrant workers are essential to the Midwest's economy, and the region needs comprehensive immigration reform from Washington.

Green Card Holder's Rights
The rights of U.S. Green Card holders include the freedom to work and travel anywhere in the United States.

10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.

Where Do I Find an Immigration Form?
Where do you go if you need an immigration form? The most current version of every public use immigration form is available for download at www.uscis.gov/forms.

Immigration Applications and Petitions - Tips For Managing the Wait
After the immigration application or petition is sent in and the excitement wears off, the long wait begins, and it can sometimes seem unbearable. Lend a hand to others in the same situation by sharing your experiences and tips on how to manage the wait while a case is pending.

Immigration Lawyers - Tips on Hiring an Immigration Lawyer
Most people can handle immigration paperwork on their own, but some situations are more complicated and require legal assistance. If you used an immigration lawyer to guide you through the process, share your experience with others.

International Adoption - My Experience With International Adoption
International adoptions allow children the opportunity to become part of a loving family, who might otherwise never know the advantages that come with being part of a permanent family. Within the U.S., there exist immigration processes that allow American citizens to adopt a child from another country and bring that child back to the U.S. to live permanently. Share your experiences with other fam…

Immigration Consultants - My Experience Using an Immigration …
There are many reasons for wanting to use an immigration consultant. Some people need a hand filling out the forms while others think a consultant is a less expensive alternative to an immigration lawyer. Tell others about your experience using an immigration consultant. Why did you choose to use one, and was it worth it?

Immigration Interview - What I Wore to the Immigration Interview
What you wear to the immigration interview should not have a bearing on the outcome of your case, but dressing appropriately can affect your confidence which can have an affect on the interview. Share your experience and let others know how you dressed for the immigration interview.

What to Wear to an Immigration Interview
The immigration interview is nerve-wracking enough without worrying if you're dressed properly. Learn what you should and should not wear to an immigration interview.

Should You Use an Immigration Consultant?
There are many reasons for wanting to use an immigration consultant. Some people need a hand filling out the forms while others think a consultant is a cheap alternative to an immigration lawyer. Good immigration consultants provide valuable services, but you should be aware of the services an immigration consultant can and cannot provide.

What Countries Are Included in the Hague Adoption Convention?
A list of the Hague Adoption Convention countries.

Intercountry Adoption
An overview of how to bring a child into the United States through intercountry adoption.

Immigration News
Here's a look at the latest developments in immigration.

How Long Will It Take to Process My Application?
If you want to know how long it will take to process your immigration application or petition, USCIS lists the processing times of specific forms at each of its field offices and service centers online.

Immigrant Investor Visa
Immigrant investors can receive permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa.

Determine Which Type of Visa Is Right for You
Get a quick overview of the types of visas available and determine which one is right for you.

What is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.

What Are the Rights and Responsibilties of U.S. Citizenship?
What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship that all Americans share?

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