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Case Referencing
How to check on the status of your immigration case online, through email, by phone, mail, or in person.
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 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.
How the U.S. Treats Cuban Migrants Differently
The United States gives migrants from Cuba special treatment under the Cuban Adjustment Act, allowing them easy access to refugee status.
How Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
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 It Means To Be a First-Generation Immigrant
Defining generations of immigrant families is confusing but the government calls the first family member to acquire citizenship or residency the first.
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.
Can I Vote?
Naturalized citizens and permanent residents do not have the same privileges when it comes to registering and voting in elections.
Elon Musk, Entrepreneur and Inventor
South African-born Elon Musk, who from childhood dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen, is the entrepreneur and inventor who is the driving force behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
What Is a Green Card?
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
How You Should Dress for 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 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 Do I Find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigratio...
How do I find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office?
What Is an Alien Registration Number?
A definition of the term, alien registration number, as it applies to immigration.
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 To Prepare for Your U.S. Immigration...
Medical exams are required for many immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Learn what to expect during an immigration medical exam.
Here's 3 Agencies To Look at if You Want a Job...
Looking for a job that deals with immigration? Three agencies within the Department of Homeland Security fit the bill: USCIS, CBP and ICE.
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.
7 Rights and 6 Responsibilities of All U.S....
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a new U.S. citizen.
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.
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.
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 an Immigrant Can Find Qualified Legal Help
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Do I Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
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.
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.
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 Is the Difference Between an Immigrant...
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
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.
Arguments For and Against Citizenship for...
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 Dual Citizenship?
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
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.
Profile of Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio wants his Republican Party to take more moderate positions on immigration.
How to Become an American in 10 Steps of...
U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services has laid out a 10-step process to becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization.
Natural Born Citizen
A definition of the immigration term, natural born citizen.
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.
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 Is the Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
How Immigrants Can Enter the U.S. Legally and...
A guest-worker program allows a foreign worker to enter the country for a specified period of time and fill a specific job.
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.
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 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.
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.
A Look at the History of Naturalization in U.S.
The history of naturalization requirements can be found in the legislative history of immigration to the United States.
What Getting a Green Card Means to You
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident.
How Do I Find an Immigration Lawyer?
Finding an immigration lawyer can be critically important for an immigrant who wants to gain legal status in the United States.
What Are the General Naturalization Requirements?
Learn what is required to become a U.S. citizen.
The Political Firefight Over Chain Migration
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The Top Immigration Stories of 2015
The top immigration news stories for 2015 included an exodus of refugees from Syria, Donald Trump's controversial proposals and a critical court ruling.
10 Interview Tips for Green Card, Visa Applicants
What to wear. How to prepare. What not to do. Here are 10 tips to help immigrants get through their green card interviews.
FAQs About K-1 Visa for Marrying an Immigrant...
Frequently asked questions about how a U.S. citizen can marry an immigrant in the United States and then apply for his or her permanent residency.
The '90 Day Fiancé' Is a Television Show...
TLC has a new reality show that has some of the reality of the K-1 visa.
How the Government Fights Trafficking With the...
The U visa allows victims of trafficking and sexual abuse to stay in the United States and help fight smugglers and violent offenders.
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.
What Is ICE and What Does It Do?
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
Immigrants Learn English Faster Outside...
Purdue study finds that immigrants learn English faster when they aren't part of 'ethnic enclave' communities.
How To Give UP U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
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.
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.
The Many Myths About Human Trafficking
Many Americans have a poor understanding of human trafficking, a problem the government is fighting with an initiative called the Blue Campaign.
What Is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.
This October is the 34th anniversary of Mariel...
Fidel Castro sent 125,000 Cuban refugees to Florida's shores in 1980. The refugees came in boats, large and small, that Miami's Cuban exiles provided.
Redesigned Naturalization Test
The redesigned naturalization test is effective October 1, 2008. Find out everything you need to know about the new test.
Immigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, immigrant visa.
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
The President's Historic 'Deferred Action'...
President Obama announces plan to allow children of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally.
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.
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.
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.
Illegal Immigration Steadily Declines
Research from the Center for Migration Studies shows that, contrary to Republican complaints about porous borders, illegal immigration is declining.
How Do I Register to Vote?
An overview of the voting registration process for new U.S. citizens.
A Temporary Status for Unauthorized Immigrants
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.
How To Do Visa Applications Right
Here is some practical advice to follow when filling out applications for visas. Get the right form and watch the typos.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
Here Are Four Good Reasons for Voting
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.
Nonimmigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, nonimmigrant visa.
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill That...
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill.
How the W Visa Proposal Would Work
The proposed W Visa program would create a new class of workers that fills lower skilled jobs for temporary periods.
Opposition to the DREAM Act Legislation
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
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their citizenship.
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.
How John McCain Wanted To Change U.S. Immigration
An overview of John McCain's views on key immigration issues.
How the United States Grants Asylum
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
South African Trevor Noah Migrates to 'Daily...
South African comedian Trevor Noah will come to the United States to replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' soon.
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.
Permanent Resident
A definition of the immigration term, permanent resident.
Immigrant Investor Visa
Immigrant investors can receive permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa.
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.
People Fleeing War in Syria Are True Refugees,...
Millions who are running for their lives from wars in Syria and Africa should be called refugees and not migrants.
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.
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 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.
How To Enter the Green Card Lottery
Once registration is complete, things move quickly. You will know if you're a lottery winner in five to nine months.
When a Petitioner Pleads Your Case
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.
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.
How To Remove Conditions After Marrying a U.S....
After marrying a U.S. citizen, learn how to complete each of the seven sections of the I-751 form to remove conditions on your permanent residence.
Are Puerto Ricans Immigrants in the U.S.?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens because of a century-old act of Congress.
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.
Green Card Lottery Reminders
Green Card Lottery entrants should remember to check their status online and watch out for scammers.
Born in Iran, Nasim Pedrad brought comic gifts...
Iranian comedian Nasim Pedrad was a star on Saturday Night Live for five years.
USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
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.
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.
How to use Form I-9.
Employers can establish the legal immigration status and identity of prospective employers by using Form I-9.
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?
What Is the Border Security Trigger?
The comprehensive immigration reform plan calls for border security triggers to be met before immigrants living in the country illegally can move forward on a pathway toward citizenship.
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.
The Work That USCIS Does
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is responsible for implementing immigration laws and policy in the United States.
Is It an Immigrant or Nonimmigrant Visa? Is It...
The language of immigration can get complicated in the United States. Here are some important distinctions in terminology.
How Immigrants Who Buy Homes Qualify for U.S....
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States and help the housing market recover.
International Adoption
An overview of how to bring a child into the United States through international adoption.
FAQs on New 'Deferred Action' Policy
Frequently asked questions about the Obama administration's new policy toward young undocumented immigrants.
What are the DV Green Card Lottery Entry...
There are two basic entry requirements for the DV green card lottery.
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.
The Process of Becoming an American
A definition of the immigration term, naturalization.
To Pass the Naturalization Test, Try Practicing...
U.S. immigration officials have new practice tests on the government website that immigrants can take to prepare for naturalization.
What Are the Rights and Responsibilties of U.S....
What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship?
What Occupations Qualify For the DV Green Card...
Learn how to find what occupations qualify for the DV green card lottery work experience requirement.
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 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.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
The Latest News and Information on Immigration...
The latest news, information and developments in the immigration reform debate.
What To Expect From Paralegals
Capable paralegals can play important roles in helping immigration attorneys to resolve immigrants' cases.
How Irish-American Icon Maureen O'Hara Stood Up...
The Irish actress, who died at 95 in 2015, would not allow U.S. immigration officials to call her a British subject.
What Health Care Ruling Means for Immigrants
Supreme Court ruling means immigrants with legal residency can buy health care insurance but undocumented immigrants are excluded.
K1 Fiance Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K1 fiance visa.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation.
Information About F-1 and M-1 Student Visas
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.
How Does the Government Define Refugee Status?
A definition of the immigration term, refugee.
More Mexicans Leaving U.S. Than Coming Here
A new study from the Pew Research Center refutes claims of Republican candidates that waves of Mexican migrants are flooding across the U.S. border. In reality, Mexicans are heading the other way.
Some Immigrants Are Eligible for Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is open to many immigrants with legal status.
What Is the FDNS?
The Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) investigates immigrants who are suspected of abusing the benefits system or engaging in terrorist activity.
How Refugees Receive Asylum From the U.S.
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.
You'll have to pay government a lot more to...
State Department has increased fees for Americans to give up their citizenship
Adjust Status
A definition of the immigration term, adjust status.
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.
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.
Young Hispanic and Latino Voters Could Decide...
A Pew Research Center study has found that young Hispanic and Latino voters could be a powerful influence on the 2016 election and those beyond.
Information About the Port of Entry
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 Tea Party Groups Say About Immigrants and...
The Tea Party movement wants border fences and mass deportations.

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