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Coming to the U.S. on a Visa

Read up on the types of visas that will allow you to visit, live and work in the U.S. Learn the steps you need to take to file for a visa, get help with the forms and find out what you can expect during the process.

Many Unauthorized Immigrants Overstay Visas
About 40% of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country entered legally and then overstayed their visas.

A Checklist for 'Deferred Action' Applicants
Here's a checklist of what undocumented youths will need to do to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the "deferred action" DREAM Act alternative.

What Is the Federal Government Doing About Immigration Services Fraud, Scammers?
The United States government is working with local authorities to crack down on immigration services scams.

How Long Does It Take To Get a Visa in 2013?
The wait time for a visa can vary greatly but following the government's instructions can get you to the United States faster.

The wait time for a visa can vary greatly but following the government's...
The wait time for a visa can vary greatly but following the government's instructions can get you to the United States faster.

U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced Degrees
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Immigrants Who Buy U.S. Homes Could Qualify for Visas
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.

Jobs Council: Give More Visas to Immigrant Entrepreneurs
President Obama's jobs council wants to expand the EB-5 visa program for immigrant entrepreneurs.

Congress Considers Blue Cards for Farmworkers
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants to overhaul the agriculture industry's guest worker program.

U.S. Gives Visas to Victims of Serious Crimes
U and T visas allow victims of trafficking, smuggling and violent crimes to stay in the United States.

Will USCIS Waive Application Fees?
USCIS charges filing fees for an application, petition, motion or request. But what happens if you unable to pay the required fees? Is there any way to have these fees waived?

Immigration Medical Exam - My Immigration Medical Exam Experience
The immigration medical exam can be one of the most nerve-wracking elements of the immigration process. However, most people make it through without a problem. Read the stories of others who have been through an immigration medical exam.

K1 Visa - Love Stories From K1 Visa Couples
K1 couples agree: there's a certain romance to falling in love with someone from another country. And people never tire of hearing of how you met. Tell us your K1 love story.

Case Status Online or Phone - How Often do You Check Your Case Status
For some people, checking the status of their immigration petition or application becomes an obsession. Do you find yourself checking your e-mail and text messages every few hours just in case you missed a notification? Are you logging into My Case Status every day to see if something's changed? Or are you cool as a cucumber, trusting that the system will work the way it should? Let us know. You …

TN Visa Requirements For Mexican Citizens
Mexican citizens who meet the education and professional requirements may come to the U.S. under the nonimmigrant NAFTA professional worker TN visa.

TN Visa Requirements For Canadian Citizens
Canadian citizens who meet the education and professional requirements may come to the U.S. under the nonimmigrant NAFTA professional worker TN visa.

Mexican and Canadian citizens who meet the education and professional requirements may come to the U.S. under the nonimmigrant NAFTA professional worker TN visa.

The Debate Over Gardasil
Gardasil has been added to the list of vaccination requirements for immigrating females between the ages of 11 and 26.

The Immigration Medical Exam
A medical exam is mandatory for all refugees coming to the U.S., all applicants outside the U.S. applying for an immigrant visa and aliens in the U.S. applying for adjustment of status to permanent resident.

What Can I Bring to Show Proof of Immunizations?
If you've already been immunized against certain diseases, you can avoid being re-vaccinated if you can show evidence of the vaccinations.

The 2012 Green Card Lottery Mess
A computer glitch caused huge problems in 2012 green card lottery.

Can I Refuse to be Vaccinated on Religious or Moral Grounds?
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Green Card Lottery Reminders
Green Card Lottery entrants should remember to check their status online and watch out for scammers.

Who Pays For the Vaccinations?
Vaccinations can be expensive. Find out who must pay for any required vaccines.

What Are the Required Vaccines?
A list of the vaccines required to immigrate to the U.S.

Must I Receive All Vaccines in a Series Before Leaving for the U.S.?
Find out if a vaccination series must be completed in full before leaving for the U.S.

Who Determines the Required Vaccinations?
Find out who determines what vaccines are required for new immigrants.

Why Are Vaccinations Necessary?
Find out why vaccinations are a necessary component of the immigration medical exam.

How Long Will It Take to Get My Visa?
If you want to know how long it will take to get your visa, the U.S. Department of State provides an online tool showing visa wait times in all Consular locations.

10 Tips for Visa Applications
Here is some practical advice to follow when filling out applications for visas. Get the right form and watch the typos.

Employer-Sponsored Green Card
U.S. employers may sponsor eligible foreign nationals for a green card. Find out what is required for immigration through employment.

Exchange Program Visa
Foreign nationals may experience life in the U.S. through the exchange program. A nonimmigrant visa classification designed for temporary visits to the U.S.

Family-Sponsored Immigration - A Step-by-Step Immigration Guide
If you want to come to the U.S. to live and work permanently and you have a relative who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to obtain permanent residence through family-sponsored immigration.

Immigration Medical Exam
Medical exams are required for many immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Learn what to expect during an immigration medical exam.

What Is Family-Based Immigration?
An explanation of a popular immigrant visa category.

Immigrant Visas - How to Get an Immigrant Visa Number
In most cases, an immigrant visa number is required to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States. Here's an overview of the process to obtain an immigrant visa number.

What Is the Difference Between an Immigrant Visa and a Nonimmigrant Visa?
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.

Student Visa Basics
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.

What Is the Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.

How Do I Check On the Status of My Case?
How to check on the status of your immigration case online, by phone, mail, or in person.

The K1 Fiance Visa Process
The K1 fiance visa allows U.S. citizens a way to bring their foreign fiances to the United States to marry. After marriage, the foreign spouse applies for permanent residence and will be able to work and live permanently in the United States.

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

USCIS Director Mayorkas Outlines Rule Changes
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas answers questions about rule change for undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen relatives.

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.

Government Considers New Checks on Student Visas
How the government checks student visa holders. State Department, Homeland Security consider new measures to monitor foreign students and colleges.

What is the SEVP?
The SEVP monitors foreign exchange students who come to the United States on student visas to study.

Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with visas who have special language skills and who can fill medical and cultural positions.

What is SEVIS?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System is a computer database that allows schools and organizations to report information on students and exchange visitors to the Homeland Security Department and immigration officials.

Obamacare FAQs for Immigrants
Obamacare, popularly known as the Affordable Care Act, allows legal immigrants to buy health insurance on the state-based exchanges. Unauthorized immigrants are excluded.

How Do You Help a Relative Immigrate With an I-130 Petition?
Legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens can help relatives immigrate to the United States by using a Form I-130 Petition.

What Is a Reentry Permit?
A lawful permanent resident, green card holders, who want to make long trips abroad should file Form I-131 and get a reentry permit to avoid problems at the border.

How Can Employers Sponsor Immigrant Workers?
U.S. employers can sponsor immigrant workers and help them come into the United States with EB visas.

How Do I Renew My Green Card?

Special Green Card Categories

What Is Humanitarian Parole?
The government uses humanitarian paroles rarely to allow immigrants who are in trouble to enter the country.

How Do I Replace a Lost, Stolen or Damaged Green Card?
The government has procedures for replacing lost or stolen green cards and immigrants must take care to follow instructions carefully.

Study Finds EB-5 Program Needs Improvement
Brookings Institution study finds that EB-5 visa program needs to work more closely with local economic leaders.

Report: Immigrant Entrepreneurs Flourishing
Immigrant entrepreneurs are flourishing in high-tech metro areas across country, Kauffman report finds.

Frequently Asked Questions About Green Cards
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about getting green cards and permanent residency in the United States.

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