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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.
Family-Sponsored Immigration, 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
What Is an Alien Registration Number?
A definition of the term, alien registration number, as it applies to immigration.
How the U.S. Treats Cuban Migrants Differently
The United States gives migrants from Cuba special treatment under the
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.
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.
7 Rights and 6 Responsibilities of All U.S....
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a new U.S. citizen.
What Is the Difference Between an Immigrant...
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
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.
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.
Profile of Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio wants his Republican Party to take more moderate positions on immigration.
President Has Supporters for Executive Action
A group of 14 states and the District of Columbia is suing in support of President Obama's executive action immigration reforms.
Can I Vote?
Naturalized citizens and permanent residents do not have the same privileges when it comes to registering and voting in elections.
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.
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.
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
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.
Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
How Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
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.
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.
How Do I Find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigratio...
How do I find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office?
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.
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?
What Is an L-1 Visa?
The L-1 visas allow employees of multinational companies to transfer into the United States and work here.
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.
President's Plan Would Help Thousands of Poor...
A study from the University of Southern California found that thousands of immigrant children would be lifted above the poverty line by the president's deferred action programs.
10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
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.
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.
Nonimmigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, nonimmigrant visa.
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?
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 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.
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.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
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.
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.
What Is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.
Immigrants and Public Benefits
Page 3. 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.
What Is Chain Migration?
: What Is Chain Migration? : Chain migration is a term with several meanings that is often misused and
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
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.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
Immigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, immigrant visa.
Dual Citizenship
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
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.
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.
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.
How Do I Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
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.
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.
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.
Permanent Resident
A definition of the immigration term, permanent resident.
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.
New Era Begins Between the United States and Cuba
President Obama took an historic step toward restoring U.S. relations with Cuba.
What are the DV Green Card Lottery Entry...
There are two basic entry requirements for the DV green card lottery.
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.
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.
President Orders Deferral of Deportation for...
President Obama used executive action to allow millions of unauthorized immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation.
ICE
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
What Occupations Qualify For the DV Green Card...
Learn how to find what occupations qualify for the DV green card lottery work experience requirement.
Immigration Lawyer's Tips for Renewing DACA...
Renewing your DACA status isn't as cumbersome as registering with USCIS the first time around.
What Are the Rights and Responsibilties of U.S....
What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship?
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 the Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
Immigrant Investor Visa
Immigrant investors can receive permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa.
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.
Asylum
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.
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.
Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent...
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident.
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.
What Is Family-Based Immigration?
An explanation of a popular immigrant visa category.
USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
The History of Naturalization Requirements
The history of naturalization requirements can be found in the legislative history of immigration to the United States.
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.
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.
Unauthorized Workers Still Stuck in Low-Skilled...
A study by the Pew Research Center found more unauthorized workers have moved to white collar jobs since the Great Recession, but most haven't.
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.
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?
When Does the Random Drawing Take Place?
Once registration is complete, things move quickly. You will know if you're a lottery winner in five to nine months.
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.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill.
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.
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.
What is the DREAM Act?
A definition of the DREAM Act. Immigration Issues.
What Are the General Naturalization Requirements?
Learn what is required to become a U.S. citizen.
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.
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their citizenship.
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.
A U.S. citizen can bring a foreign-national...
With a K-1 visa, a U.S. citizen can bring a foreign-national fiancé(e) into the United States to marry.
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.
What Is Dual Citizenship?
Explanation of dual citizenship.
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.
What Are the Required Vaccines?
A list of the vaccines required to immigrate to the U.S.
How Immigrants Who Buy Homes Could Qualify for...
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.
Student Visa Basics
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.
Department of Homeland Security
A definition of the immigration term, Department of Homeland Security.
Joint Sponsor
A definition of the immigration term, joint sponsor.
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 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.
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.
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.
Immigration Reform Information Hub
The latest news, information and developments in the immigration reform debate.
Affidavit of Support
A definition of the immigration term, affidavit of support.
How To Visit the U.S. Without a Visa
The United States' Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals to come here for up to 90 days for business or travel without applying for a visa.
Adjust Status
A definition of the immigration term, adjust status.
Advance Parole
A definition of the immigration term, advance parole.
Refugee
A definition of the immigration term, refugee.
Beneficiary
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.
Natural Born Citizen
A definition of the immigration term, natural born citizen.
What Countries Are Included in the Hague...
A list of the Hague Adoption Convention countries.
Instructions to Register Permanent Resident...
The application to register as a United States permanent resident is achieved by filing form I-485. Anyone adjusting from a nonimmigrant visa to permanent resident status, including some other categories, must file form I-485 to receive a green card.
K1 Fiance Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K1 fiance visa.
What To Expect From Paralegals
Capable paralegals can play important roles in helping immigration attorneys to resolve immigrants' cases.
Tea Party on Immigration
The Tea Party movement wants border fences and mass deportations.
International Adoption
An overview of how to bring a child into the United States through international adoption.
'Self Check' for Immigrant Workers
Government's 'Self Check' Program allows immigrant workers to verify their status and eligibility.
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.
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.
Watchdog Accuses DHS Official of Meddling With...
An inspector general's report blamed Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security for showing favoritism in EB-5 visa cases.
What Is De Facto Amnesty?
: What Is De Facto Amnesty? : The term “de facto amnesty” came into widespread use early in the last
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.
Naturalization
A definition of the immigration term, naturalization.
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.
How Can a Permanent Resident Support a...
Permanent residents cannot vote in a federal election, but there are other ways to get involved in the campaigns.
Where Unauthorized Immigrants Can Get Driver's...
Ten states and the District of Columbia allow unauthorized immigrants to have some degree of legal driving privileges.
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.
Biometrics
A definition of the immigration term, biometrics.
Tax Information For Immigrants
Tax season can be a frustrating time for many people but it can be especially confusing for immigrants to the United States. Do you need to file federal taxes? What do you do if you're not eligible for a SSN? Find the answers to these questions and more, with the following tax information and resources chosen specifically for immigrants.
Employment Third Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment third preference.
Joe Biden on Immigration
An overview of Joe Biden's views on key immigration issues.
Republican Version of DREAM Act
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio writes a Republican version of the DREAM Act.
How Can Employers Sponsor Immigrant Workers?
U.S. employers can sponsor immigrant workers and help them come to the United States with EB visas.
Alien
A definition of the immigration term, alien.
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.
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.

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