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How to Check the Status of Your Immigration Case
How to check on the status of your immigration case online, through email, by phone, mail, or in person.
What Are The Chances of Winning the Green Card...
Millions of green card lottery entries are made every year, but what are your actual chances of winning?
6 Things You Need to Know Before Marrying on a...
Are people who get married while in the United States on travel visas able to stay in the U.S. and successfully adjust their status to gain permanent residence? Yes, they are. But this is not the preferred approach. Find out more about this type of green card marriage.
How Do I Check My Immigration Case Status With...
USCIS has more ways for applicants to check the status of their immigration cases than ever before, including by e-mail and cell phone text message.
Should the US Build Fences on the US-Mexico...
The purpose of the border fence is to tighten homeland security and prevent illegal immigration using a combination of physical barriers and high-tech. Page 2.
How Long Does it Take to Get a U.S. Visa?
The wait time for a visa can vary greatly but following the government's instructions can get you to the United States faster.
7 Rights and 6 Responsibilities of All U.S....
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a new U.S. citizen.
How the U.S. Treats Cuban Migrants Differently
The United States gives migrants from Cuba special treatment under the
How Undocumented Relatives of U.S. Citizens Can...
The Obama administration will change rules to allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the United States with their families while seeking legal status.
How Is First-Generation Immigrant Defined?
Defining “first-generation immigrants” can be confusing, and many reputable groups disagree on the usage. Here are the two possible meanings.
What Is an Alien Registration Number?
A definition of the term, alien registration number, as it applies to immigration.
How to Apply for a Social Security Number
Find out how to apply for a Social Security number. Get some tips on what you can do as a new immigrant to make the Social Security number application process a little smoother.
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.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Nonimmigrant 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.
What You Need to Do to Get Your Fiance a K1 Visa
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.
How to Prepare for a U.S. Immigration Medical...
Medical exams are required for many immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Learn what to expect during an immigration medical exam.
Can I Vote?
Naturalized citizens and permanent residents do not have the same privileges when it comes to registering and voting in elections.
What Is Chain Migration?
: What Is Chain Migration? : Chain migration is a term with several meanings that is often misused and
3 Agencies to Look at if You Want a Job in U.S....
Looking for a job that deals with immigration? Three agencies within the Department of Homeland Security fit the bill: USCIS, CBP and ICE.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill 2013
In June 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that was the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. system in 27 years.
What Immigrants Need to Know About Obamacare
Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, allows legal immigrants to buy health insurance on the state-based exchanges. Unauthorized immigrants are excluded.
What Are the Rights of a U.S. Green Card Holder?
The rights of U.S. Green Card holders include the freedom to work and travel anywhere in the United States.
5 Ways to Avoid DV Green Card Lottery Scams
The diversity visa green card lottery is a popular immigration program known around the world. And where there are a lot of people, there are bound to be scam artists ready to take advantage of the opportunity. Learn 5 ways that you can avoid green card lottery scams.
Opposition to the DREAM Act
No one wants to see children suffer because of the actions of their parents, but there are some who feel that the negative effect of the DREAM Act on the U.S. outweighs the lifelong impact of a
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
How Immigrants Can Get a a Driver's License
This state-issued piece of identification allows you to operate a motor vehicle and acts as a common form of ID. Find out how to get licensed.
How to Get an Immigrant Visa Number to Become a...
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.
Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
What Occupations Qualify For the DV Green Card...
Learn how to find what occupations qualify for the DV green card lottery work experience requirement.
What are the DV Green Card Lottery Entry...
There are two basic entry requirements for the DV green card lottery.
What Is the Difference Between an Immigrant...
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
Oath of Allegiance for Naturalized Citizens
The final step to becoming a U.S. citizen is taking the Oath of Allegiance. Find out what you are pledging when you declare your attachment to the United States and its Constitution.
Immigration Lawyer's Tips for Renewing DACA...
Renewing your DACA status isn't as cumbersome as registering with USCIS the first time around.
How Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
A Path to Legalization for Illegal Immigrants
Should the United States provide a path to legalization for illegal immigrants? The issue has been at the forefront of American politics for several years but the debate continues. What does a nation do with an estimated 10 to 20 million people residing in its country illegally?
Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
What Does the E-DV Entry Status Confirmation...
Find out what the E-DV entry status confirmation message says if you were or were not selected in the DV green card lottery.
5 Tips for Choosing The Right Immigration Lawyer
Most people can handle immigration paperwork on their own, but some situations are more complicated and require legal assistance. If your case isn't straightforward or if you just want the comfort of letting a professional handle the process, these 5 tips will help you choose an immigration lawyer that's right for you.
Your Guide to Choosing a U.S. Visa
Get a quick overview of the types of US visas available and determine which one is right for you.
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.
Your Guide to an 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.
Arguments Against Arizona Law
Opponents of Arizona's immigration law and those that followed believe they are unconstitutional, promote profiling and damage local economies.
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.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation.
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their citizenship.
Why Should I Vote?
Some new citizens register to vote as soon as they become eligible while others fail to register for years. Find out why naturalized citizens should exercise their right to vote.
USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
Citizenship Questions
Immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens will have to pass an oral test on civics administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
What is the MAVNI Program?
Gives legal aliens with skills vital to national interest the opportunity to expedite the naturalization process by serving in the U.S. military.
Profile of Alejandro Mayorkas
Cuban-born USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas oversees the administration of the world’s largest immigration service.
What Is Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI)...
Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status allows undocumented immigrants to live and work legally in the country as they pursue a path to a green card and U.S. citizenship.
Immigrants and Public Benefits
Many immigrants believe that they are ineligible for any type of public benefits and assistance. In fact, new immigrants and permanent residents can take advantage of a number of federal, state and local assistance programs. Learn which benefits you may be eligible for and how to avoid becoming a public charge. Page 2.
Colleges in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and...
Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and Indiana do not allow in-state college tuition rates to unauthorized immigrants.
Another Poll Shows Wide Support For Immigration...
Another poll finds broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, even among Republicans voters.
The History of Naturalization Requirements
The history of naturalization requirements can be found in the legislative history of immigration to the United States.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Illegal Alien or Undocumented Immigrant
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President Obama Nominates Castro For Cabinet...
President Obama nominates Julian Castro to become secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Florida OKs In-State Tuition Rates For...
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs law allowing in-state tuition rates for unauthorized immigrant students.
What is the Immigration and Nationality Act?
A definition and history of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was created in 1952 and is the basic body of immigration law.
Spouses of H-1B Immigrants To Get Chance at...
Obama administration to allow employment for immigrant spouses of H-1B visa holders.
Education or Work Experience Requirements For...
All green card lottery entrants must meet the education or work experience requirement to be eligible for the DV program.
Will USCIS Waive Application Fees?
USCIS charges filing fees for an application, petition, motion or request. But what happens if you are unable to pay the required fees? Is there any way to have these fees waived?
Guide to Removing Conditions on Permanent...
If you have conditional permanent residence, at some point you will need to petition the USCIS to remove the conditions before your green card expires. This step-by-step guide will give you the information you need to ready the packet for filing.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
Born in Iran, Nasim Pedrad brought comic gifts...
Iranian comedian Nasim Pedrad was a star on Saturday Night Live for five years.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
How Do I File a 'Follow to Join' Application,...
A 'Follow to Join' application, Form I-824, allows spouses and children of green card holders to reunite in the United States.
How to Travel Internationally as a Permanent...
Permanent residents may travel freely outside the United States but there are some conditions that must be followed to maintain your permanent resident status.
A busy summer for Coast Guard interdictions off...
Dismal economies in Cuba and Haiti mean more migrants trying to come to the United States by sea.
Dual Citizenship
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
Congress Legislation Cracks Down on ex-Americans
Congress considers crackdown against people such as Denise Rich and Eduardo Saverin who renounce their U.S. citizenship to avoid paying taxes.
How To Fill Out the Petition to Remove...
Learn how to complete each of the 7 sections of the I-751 form to remove conditions on your permanent residence.
How Do I Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
What Is a Guest-Worker Program?
A guest-worker program allows a foreign worker to enter the country for a specified period of time and fill a specific job.
When Can I Apply For the Green Card Lottery?
Registration in the DV green card lottery coincides with the beginning of the government's fiscal year.
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.
Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins' Pitcher
Miami Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez, a Cuban defector, made three unsuccessful attempts to get to the United States until finally making it on a boat to Cancun, Mexico.
What is the Diversity Visa Program?
The Diversity Visa Program, better known as the green card lottery, provides individuals from countries with low immigration to the U.S., an opportunity to live and work permanently in the United States.
How Do I Get Green Cards for My Family Members?
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services tries to promote family unity and will allow the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and green card holders to get green cards for their next-of-kin and spouses.
Changes for STEM Immigrants
The Obama administration has changed immigration rules to make it easier for immigrants with STEM skills to stay in the U.S.
Student Visa Basics
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.
How Do I Apply for an Employment Authorization...
The Employment Authorization Document, or EAD card, allows foreign workers -- immigrants -- to work in the country legally for a specific period of time.
How Immigrants Who Buy Homes Could Qualify for...
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.
How Do I Make Sure My E-Verify Result Is...
Tips for immigrants to make sure that their E-Verify Form I-9 is accepted by the U.S. government.
Obama Gives Reprieve to Illegal Immigrant Youths
President Obama announces plan to allow children of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally.
Are Puerto Ricans Immigrants in the U.S.?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens because of a century-old act of Congress.
Arguments Against Comprehensive Immigration...
Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform say that allowing legal residency to the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country amounts to amnesty that will encourage more migrants to cross the U.S. border.
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.
What Are the General Naturalization Requirements?
Learn what is required to become a U.S. citizen.
10 New Naturalization Test Questions
Do you have what it takes to pass the new naturalization test? Take these 10 questions from the redesigned, new naturalization test and find out.
What Is the Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
Immigration Reform Information Hub
The latest news, information and developments in the immigration reform debate.
How Do I Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?
How do I go through the naturalization process to become an American citizen? Here's a 10-point plan for you.
Family-Sponsored Immigration - A Step-by-Step...
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.
Asylum
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.
Green Card Lottery Reminders
Green Card Lottery entrants should remember to check their status online and watch out for scammers.
Groups that help immigrants can get government...
USCIS offers grants to local organizations that offer immigrants English classes and study aids for their naturalization tests.
How Do I Get Green Cards for Immediate...
U.S. citizens can petition U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to get green cards for immediate family members so they can immigrate to the United States.
Immigrant Investor Visa
Immigrant investors can receive permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
Profile of Tennis Star Anna Kournikova
Tennis star Anna Kournikova may be semi-retired from her sport but she hasn't slowed down. The Russian beauty is an active supporter of several charitable organizations and works as the brand ambassador for K-Swiss.
What To Expect From Paralegals
Capable paralegals can play important roles in helping immigration attorneys to resolve immigrants' cases.
Here are some of the most frequently asked...
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about getting green cards and permanent residency in the United States.
How To Fill Out Form I-751
Learn how to complete each of the 7 sections of the I-751 form to remove conditions on your permanent residence.
How Do I Replace a Lost, Stolen or Damaged...
The government has procedures for replacing lost or stolen green cards and immigrants must take care to follow instructions carefully.
What Is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.
New Immigrants Assimilating Into U.S. Society
Study shows that new immigrants are assimilating into American society.
What is the DREAM Act?
A definition of the DREAM Act. Immigration Issues.
Beneficiary
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.
The U.S. World Cup Team Relies on Foreign-Born...
The United States World Cup soccer team relies on the talent of foreign-born Americans with dual citizenship.
You'll have to pay government a lot more to...
State Department has increased fees for Americans to give up their citizenship
10 Facts About Citizenship and the U.S. Military
U.S. military members who have served honorably on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces have an expedited path to citizenship. Learn about the 10 facts about citizenship and the U.S. military.
U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced...
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
What Are the Rights and Responsibilties of U.S....
What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship?
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 Countries Are Included in the Hague...
A list of the Hague Adoption Convention countries.
Skilled Immigrants Create Jobs in U.S.
Highly skilled immigrants create jobs for American workers.
What is the Difference Between INS and USCIS?
The names INS and USCIS are often used interchangeably to refer to the agency that administers immigration and naturalization services within the United States, but do they mean the same thing?
USCIS Director Mayorkas Outlines Rule Changes
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas answers questions about rule change for undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen relatives.
Permanent Resident
A definition of the immigration term, permanent resident.
How Do I Get a Green Card?
Here's a road map that will get you started on your quest for a green card and permanent residency.
Entering the U.S.
You have your visa and you are headed for the U.S. There's one more step to take before you can enter the country: border control. Get information on what to expect when you arrive at a port of entry.
What Is the Immigration Reform and Control Act...
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 sought to end illegal immigration into the United States by granting legal status to undocumented residents.
A Look at Cuban Immigration
There are an estimated 1.2 million people of Cuban heritage in Greater Miami, and about 400,000 of them arrived after 1980.
What Is Dual Citizenship?
Explanation of dual citizenship.
Tea Party on Immigration
The Tea Party movement wants border fences and mass deportations.
USCIS Offers Toll-Free Military Help Line
USCIS offers a toll-free help line exclusively for U.S. Military personnel and their families.
ICE
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
How Do I Get Green Cards for a Green Card...
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows green card holders to petition to bring eligible relatives into the United States and permanent residents.
What Are the Required Vaccines?
A list of the vaccines required to immigrate to the U.S.
The Different Types of Immigration Visas
So you want to get a visa and spend some time in the United States? The government will not only want to know who you are, but why you’re coming.
What is the History of Comprehensive Immigratio...
The comprehensive immigration reform legislation in Congress includes provisions to increase border security and create a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.
How Do I Apply for a Green Card Through...
The U.S. government wants to promote the immigration of entrepreneurs and business leaders who can create jobs and help the U.S. economy grow.
Obama's Immigration Record
President Obama couldn't deliver on comprehensive immigration reform during his first term but says he's determined to do it in his second.
John Morton, Immigration and Customs Enforcemen...
President Obama selected John Morton to become director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2009 and he has tried to reform the agency.
NFL owner Zygi Wilf, born in Germany, built a...
Zygi Wilf, whose family escaped the Holocaust, is the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings and a self-made real-estate magnate.
Expedited Citzenship for Military Personnel
The Immigration and Naturalization Act allows expedited citizenship processing for certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses stationed with them overseas.
Affidavit of Support
A definition of the immigration term, affidavit of support.
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.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Register in the...
Green card lottery applications are straight-forward and can be easily completed without obtaining legal advice. However, errors made on the application could make you ineligible for selection, so weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.
NAFTA 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.
What Is Family-Based Immigration?
An explanation of a popular immigrant visa category.
K1 Fiance Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K1 fiance visa.
What Is the Path to Citizenship in Comprehensiv...
Details of the path to citizenship are some of the most contentious issues in the negotiations for a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
What is Citizenship Day?
A day for all American citizens, whether natural born or naturalized, to celebrate and take pride in their U.S. citizenship.
How Do You Help a Relative Immigrate With an...
Permanent residents and U.S. citizens can help relatives immigrate to the United States by using a Form I-130 Petition.
Many Unauthorized Immigrants Overstay Visas
About 40% of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country entered legally and then overstayed visas.
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