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Immigration Issues: Most Popular Articles

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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.
What Is the United States Refugee Act of 1980?
The United States Refugee Act of 1980 gave the federal government new tools to help ensure that America could remain a safe haven for refugees and asylum-seekers fleeing persecution from around the world.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
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.
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.
7 Rights and 6 Responsibilities of All U.S....
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a new U.S. citizen.
What Is an Alien Registration Number?
A definition of the term, alien registration number, as it applies to immigration.
How Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
How Do I Find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigratio...
How do I find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office?
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.
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.
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.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is the Difference Between an Immigrant...
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
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.
10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
What Is the Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
What Is Dual Citizenship?
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
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 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 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.
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.
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill That...
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill.
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.
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
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 Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
The History of Naturalization Requirements
The history of naturalization requirements can be found in the legislative history of immigration to the United States.
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.
What Are the General Naturalization Requirements?
Learn what is required to become a U.S. citizen.
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.
U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced...
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Nonimmigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, nonimmigrant visa.
Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent...
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident.
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.
The Political Firefight Over Chain Migration
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Immigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, immigrant visa.
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.
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.
Why Trump and the Republicans Are Wrong About...
National Academy of Sciences' study refutes many stereotypes and mistaken beliefs about today's immigrants.
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.
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
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.
The Work That USCIS Does
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is responsible for implementing immigration laws and policy in the United States.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation.
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.
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 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.
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 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 definition of the immigration term, refugee.
Immigrants Learn English Faster Outside...
Purdue study finds that immigrants learn English faster when they aren't part of 'ethnic enclave' communities.
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.
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.
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?
Cincinnati Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Immigrants
Mayor believes immigrants are good for the city's economy and make great Cincinnatians.
What Is Humanitarian Parole?
The government uses humanitarian paroles rarely to allow immigrants who are in trouble to enter the country.
Here's a look at common scams and frauds aimed...
Immigrants are often targeted by scammers who collect fees for promises and deliver little or nothing.
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.
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 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.
Redesigned Naturalization Test
The redesigned naturalization test is effective October 1, 2008. Find out everything you need to know about the new test.
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.
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.
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.
Immigrant Investor Visa
Immigrant investors can receive permanent residency through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa.
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.
Student Visa Basics
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.
Reunification Paroles for Cuban Families
U.S. immigration officials use humanitarian paroles to bring Cuban families together.
How To Give UP U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
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.
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
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.
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.
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
International Adoption
An overview of how to bring a child into the United States through international adoption.
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their citizenship.
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.
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.
Sanctuary City
A definition of the immigration term, sanctuary city.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
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.
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.
Republican Candidates Have Many Family Ties to...
Most of the GOP candidates have immigrants in their families and in their recent histories. Why then do these presidential hopefuls struggle to find support from immigrant communities?
What To Expect From Paralegals
Capable paralegals can play important roles in helping immigration attorneys to resolve immigrants' cases.
When a Petitioner Pleads Your Case
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.
The Latest News and Information on Immigration...
The latest news, information and developments in the immigration reform debate.
Likelihood of Deportation Decreasing for...
A Migration Policy Institute study found that President Obama's changes are decreasing deportations dramatically over levels a decade ago.
Are Puerto Ricans Immigrants in the U.S.?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens because of a century-old act of Congress.
President Obama's Immigration Agenda
President Obama's immigration agenda as posted on the official White House website.
What are the DV Green Card Lottery Entry...
There are two basic entry requirements for the DV green card lottery.
What Countries Are Included in the Hague...
A list of the Hague Adoption Convention countries.
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.
The Process of Becoming an American
A definition of the immigration term, naturalization.
President Obama Rebuilds His Immigration Team
The White House has new leadership in the key federal agencies that oversee immigration policy and enforcement.
Natural Born Citizen
A definition of the immigration term, natural born citizen.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
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.
States that bar in-state tuitions for...
Unauthorized immigrants barred from in-state college tuition rates in Arizona, Georgia and Indiana.
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.
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.
Colleges in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and...
Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and Indiana do not allow in-state college tuition rates to unauthorized immigrants.
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.
What Tea Party Groups Say About Immigrants and...
The Tea Party movement wants border fences and mass deportations.
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.
The Five Biggest Myths About Illegal Immigration
Much of what you've heard about illegal immigration just isn't supported by the facts.
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.
New Immigrants Assimilating Into U.S. Society
Study shows that new immigrants are assimilating into American society.
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 family reunification?
Family unification, keeping family members together, is an important principle of U.S. immigration policy.
Paul Ryan on Immigration
Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan of Wisconsin opposes the DREAM Act and legal residency for the country's 11 million illegal immigrants.
Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
More states are allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
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.
An Immigrant Chef Cooked for the President
The White House executive chef is a celebrity among chefs and foodies. The current executive chef has worked in the White House kitchen for over 10 years and is a naturalized citizen.
Rick Santorum on Immigration
Rick Santorum believes undocumented immigrants are criminals.
Green Card Lottery Reminders
Green Card Lottery entrants should remember to check their status online and watch out for scammers.
FAQs on New 'Deferred Action' Policy
Frequently asked questions about the Obama administration's new policy toward young undocumented immigrants.
Immigration Policy Helps Countries in Distress
The United States grants Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to immigrants from countries ravaged by natural disasters and wars.
How Canadians Can Get a TN Visa
Canadian citizens who meet the education and professional requirements may come to the U.S. under the nonimmigrant NAFTA TN visa.

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