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Immigration Issues: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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 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 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.
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.
What Is an Alien Registration Number?
A definition of the term, alien registration number, as it applies to immigration.
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.
Can I Vote?
Naturalized citizens and permanent residents do not have the same privileges when it comes to registering and voting in elections.
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.
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 the U.S. Treats Cuban Migrants Differently
The United States gives migrants from Cuba special treatment under the
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 Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
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.
7 Rights and 6 Responsibilities of All U.S....
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a new U.S. citizen.
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 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.
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.
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.
What Is the Difference Between an Immigrant...
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
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.
Immigration Lawyer's Tips for Renewing DACA...
Renewing your DACA status isn't as cumbersome as registering with USCIS the first time around.
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 'Anchor Babies'?
The term 'anchor baby' is a disparaging description for children born in the the United States to immigrant parents who came to the United States intending to use birthright citizenship to move their families here.
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 Do I Find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigratio...
How do I find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office?
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 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.
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.
Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
The Gang of Eight
'Gang of Eight' in Senate negotiates a compromise plan for comprehensive immigration reform.
Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
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.
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? Page 2.
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?
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.
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.
How Do I Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
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.
Nonimmigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, nonimmigrant visa.
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.
'Against the Tide,' Story of Jupiter's El Sol...
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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.
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.
Joe Biden on Immigration
An overview of Joe Biden's views on key immigration issues.
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 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.
Democrat Sanders Reveals Little About...
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hasn't said much about immigration policy in seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
Adjust Status
A definition of the immigration term, adjust status.
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
CNN Poll Shows Wide Support for Legalizing...
Polls continue to show that most Americans believe unauthorized immigrants should be allowed permanent legal status.
Dual Citizenship
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
Ron Paul on Immigration
Republican Ron Paul sticks to libertarian beliefs when it comes to immigration.
What Are the General Naturalization Requirements?
Learn what is required to become a U.S. citizen.
U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced...
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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 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 Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
Redesigned Naturalization Test
The redesigned naturalization test is effective October 1, 2008. Find out everything you need to know about the new test.
What Is Chain Migration?
: What Is Chain Migration? : Chain migration is a term with several meanings that is often misused and
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.
Republican Candidates' Views on Immigration
There's no shortage of Republican candidates seeking the presidency, and no shortage of ideas about immigration reform.
Are Puerto Ricans Immigrants in the U.S.?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens because of a century-old act of Congress.
Immigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, immigrant visa.
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. Page 2.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
Permanent Resident
A definition of the immigration term, permanent resident.
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 Are the Rights and Responsibilties of U.S....
What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship?
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.
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.
Profile of Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio wants his Republican Party to take more moderate positions on immigration.
Christie's Muddled Views on Immigration Reform
New Jersey governor enters the race for the Republican presidential nomination with confusing positions on immigration.
Refugee
A definition of the immigration term, refugee.
Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent...
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident.
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.
What Occupations Qualify For the DV Green Card...
Learn how to find what occupations qualify for the DV green card lottery work experience requirement.
Donald Trump's Views of Mexican Immigration...
Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination and then enraged Mexican immigrants and Univision with his comments on immigration policy.
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 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.
One-Third of U.S. Citizens Fail Naturalization...
One-third of American citizens are unable to pass the civics portion of the immigrant naturalization test given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
International Adoption
An overview of how to bring a child into the United States through international adoption.
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.
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.
Study Finds Mexican Migration in Sharp Decline
Researchers find that the number of Mexicans coming to the United States -- legally or illegally -- has fallen dramatically in the last decade.
What Is Family-Based Immigration?
An explanation of a popular immigrant visa category.
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.
What are the DV Green Card Lottery Entry...
There are two basic entry requirements for the DV green card lottery.
Immigrant Baseball Players To Watch in 2014
Close to 30% of the players in Major League Baseball are foreign-born, and immigrants will play a big role in the 2014 season.
ICE
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
What Is Dual Citizenship?
Explanation of dual citizenship.
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
What Countries Are Included in the Hague...
A list of the Hague Adoption Convention countries.
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 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.
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.
How Immigrants Who Buy Homes Could Qualify for...
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.
Obama Courts Immigrants in Science, Technology...
The Obama administration hopes to revive economy by easing path for immigrants in math, science, technology and engineering fields to enter U.S.
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 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.
Naturalization
A definition of the immigration term, naturalization.
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.
Department of Homeland Security
A definition of the immigration term, Department of Homeland Security.
States that bar in-state tuitions for...
Unauthorized immigrants barred from in-state college tuition rates in Arizona, Georgia and Indiana.
What Is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.
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.
Colleges in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and...
Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and Indiana do not allow in-state college tuition rates to unauthorized immigrants.
President Obama Rebuilds His Immigration Team
The White House has new leadership in the key federal agencies that oversee immigration policy and enforcement.
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?
Poll: Americans Support Legal Status for...
Pew poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly believe that unauthorized immigrants should have a path to legal status.
Immigration Policy Helps Countries in Distress
The United States grants Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to immigrants from countries ravaged by natural disasters and wars.
Rick Santorum on Immigration
Rick Santorum believes undocumented immigrants are criminals.
Asylum for Unaccompanied Migrant Children
U.S. immigration officials have special asylum procedures set up to deal with unaccompanied minors apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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.
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.
Rand Paul: No Amnesty, No Open Border
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul enters race for Republican presidential nomination with disdain for amnesty and porous borders.
Immigrant Investor Visa
Immigrant investors can receive permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa.
Student Visa Basics
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.
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.
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.
How Can I Avoid Losing my Green Card?
Make sure you know how to maintain your permanent resident status to avoid losing your green card.
Illegal Alien
A definition of the immigration term, illegal alien.
Sanctuary City
A definition of the immigration term, sanctuary city.
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.
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their 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 is Citizenship Day?
A day for all American citizens, whether natural born or naturalized, to celebrate and take pride in their U.S. citizenship.
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.
Asylum
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.
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.
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.
Republicans' Ben Carson Puts Border Security...
Physician and conservative author Ben Carson says true immigration reform means disappointing Hispanic voters.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
Alien
A definition of the immigration term, alien.
Mixup Over USCIS Permits
Judge's ruling causes mixup over work permits for some applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
More states are allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
Study: Unauthorized Immigrants Pay for Medicare
Researchers find that unauthorized immigrants pay more in taxes into Medicare Trust Fund than they take out in benefits.
Beneficiary
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.
What Is De Facto Amnesty?
: What Is De Facto Amnesty? : The term “de facto amnesty” came into widespread use early in the last
DHS Changing How It Detains Families
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says the government will change the way it detains children and families along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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