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Immigration Issues: Most Popular Articles

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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.
6 Things You Need to Know Before Marrying on a...
Are people who get married while in the United States on travel visas able to stay in the U.S. and successfully adjust their status to gain permanent residence? Yes, they are. But this is not the preferred approach. Find out more about this type of green card marriage.
How Long It Takes to Get Nonimmigrant Visas
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.
Fiance Visa - Understanding the K1 Fiance 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.
Immigration Medical Exam
Medical exams are required for many immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Learn what to expect during an immigration medical exam.
What Are My Chances of "Winning" the Green Card...
Millions of green card lottery entries are made every year, but what are your actual chances of winning?
Immigration Jobs
Looking for a job that deals with immigration? Three agencies within the Department of Homeland Security fit the bill: USCIS, CBP and ICE.
Immigration Issues: U.S.-Mexico Border Fence...
The southern border of the United States is shared with Mexico and spans almost 2,000 miles. Fences are
7 Rights and 6 Responsibilities of All U.S....
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a new U.S. citizen.
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 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.
Alien Registration Number
A definition of the term, alien registration number, as it applies to immigration.
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 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.
U.S. Allows Cuban Migrants Different Treatment
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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.
Opposition to the DREAM Act
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Obamacare FAQs for Immigrants
Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, allows legal immigrants to buy health insurance on the state-based exchanges. Unauthorized immigrants are excluded.
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.
Determine Which Type of US Visa Is Right for You
Get a quick overview of the types of US visas available and determine which one is right for you.
10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
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 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.
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.
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers' Outfielder
Cuban defector Yasiel Puig has energized the Los Angeles Dodgers since escaping to freedom in 2012.
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.
Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
Can I Vote?
Naturalized citizens and permanent residents do not have the same privileges when it comes to registering and voting in elections.
Green Card Holder's Rights
The rights of U.S. Green Card holders include the freedom to work and travel anywhere in the United States.
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.
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.
5 Tips for Choosing an 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.
Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
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.
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?
Immigrants and Public Benefits
Many immigrants believe that they are ineligible for any type of public benefits and assistance. In fact, new immigrants and permanent residents can take advantage of a number of federal, state and local assistance programs. Learn which benefits you may be eligible for and how to avoid becoming a public charge. Page 2.
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
Permanent Residents and International Travel
Permanent residents may travel freely outside the United States but there are some conditions that must be followed to maintain your permanent resident status.
How Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
Getting a Driver's License in the U.S.
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.
What is the Immigration and Nationality Act?
A definition and history of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
What is the MAVNI Program?
The MAVNI pilot program gives legal aliens with skills considered to be vital to national interest the opportunity to expedite the naturalization process by serving in the U.S. military.
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.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation.
Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins' Pitcher
Miami Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez, a Cuban defector, made three unsuccessful attempts to get to the United States until finally making it on a boat to Cancun, Mexico.
What Is 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.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
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 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.
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their citizenship.
What's the History of Comprehensive Immigration...
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.
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Family-Sponsored Immigration - A Step-by-Step...
If you want to come to the U.S. to live and work permanently and you have a relative who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to obtain permanent residence through family-sponsored immigration.
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.
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.
The History of Naturalization Requirements
The history of naturalization requirements can be found in the legislative history of immigration to the United States.
Immigrants Who Buy U.S. Homes Could Qualify for...
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.
What is the DREAM Act?
A definition of the DREAM Act. Immigration Issues.
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.
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.
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.
What Is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.
What Is Dual Citizenship?
Explanation of dual citizenship.
Dual Citizenship
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
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.
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.
Green Card Lottery Reminders
Green Card Lottery entrants should remember to check their status online and watch out for scammers.
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.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
Entering the U.S.
You have your visa and you are headed for the U.S. There's one more step to take before you can enter the country: border control. Get information on what to expect when you arrive at a port of entry.
What To Expect From Paralegals
Capable paralegals can play important roles in helping immigration attorneys to resolve immigrants' cases.
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.
Skilled Immigrants Create Jobs in U.S.
Highly skilled immigrants create jobs for American workers.
How Do I Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
Obama Administration's Record on Immigration
The Obama administration postponed immigration reform because of battles with Congress over health care and the budget.
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 Are the General Naturalization Requirements?
Learn what is required to become a U.S. citizen.
Employment Third Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment third preference.
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?
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.
Joint Sponsor
A definition of the immigration term, joint sponsor.
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.
Immigration Reform Information Hub
The latest news, information and developments in the immigration reform debate.
Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
More states are allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
ICE
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
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.
How Do I Get Green Cards for a Green Card...
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows green card holders to petition to bring eligible relatives into the United States and permanent residents.
What Are the Required Vaccines?
A list of the vaccines required to immigrate to the U.S.
What Countries Are Included in the Hague...
A list of the Hague Adoption Convention countries.
Tea Party on Immigration
The Tea Party movement wants border fences and mass deportations.
U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced...
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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.
International Adoption
An overview of how to bring a child into the United States through international adoption.
What Is the W Visa Program?
The proposed W Visa program would create a new class of workers that fills lower skilled jobs for temporary periods.
Employment First Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment first preference.
The Top Immigration Studies of 2013
The top immigration studies of 2013 gave insight into policies that boost the U.S. economy and how immigrants are assimilating in the United States.
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 Occupations Qualify For the DV Green Card...
Learn how to find what occupations qualify for the DV green card lottery work experience requirement.
New Immigrants Assimilating Into U.S. Society
Study shows that new immigrants are assimilating into American society.
Department of Homeland Security
A definition of the immigration term, Department of Homeland Security.
What Is the Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
'Against the Tide,' Story of Jupiter's El Sol...
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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 are the DV Green Card Lottery Entry...
There are two basic entry requirements for the DV green card lottery.
Are Puerto Ricans Immigrants in the U.S.?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens because of a century-old act of Congress.
Redesigned Naturalization Test
The redesigned naturalization test is effective October 1, 2008. Find out everything you need to know about the new test.
Arizona Senate Bill 1070
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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.
Employment Second Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment second preference.
'A Day Without a Mexican'
The film A Day Without a Mexican gives a glimpse of what life in the United States would be like if all undocumented immigrants disappeared.
Asylum
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.
California Enacts Immigration Reforms
California moves forward with the Trust Act and an aggressive package of new immigration laws, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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.
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.
What Is Chain Migration?
: What Is Chain Migration? : Chain migration is a term with several meanings that is often misused and
David Ortiz, Boston Slugger
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz became and American citizen a decade after coming to the United States from the Dominican Republic.
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.
Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent...
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident.
Levi Strauss - Founder of Levi Strauss & Co.
Learn about Levi Strauss, founder of Levi Strauss & Company; the first company to manufacture blue jeans.
Advance Parole
A definition of the immigration term, advance parole.
What Was 'Operation Peter Pan'?
About 14,000 Cuban children were brought to the United States between 1960 and 1962 during Operation Peter Pan to escape Fidel Castro's oppressive regime.
Can I Refuse to be Vaccinated on Religious or...
You are required to be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases, but what if you're against vaccinations because of your religious beliefs or moral convictions?
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.
Cristeta Comerford - White House Executive Chef
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.
The Different Types of Immigration Visas
So you want to get a visa and spend some time in the United States? The government will not only want to know who you are, but why you’re coming.
Refugee
A definition of the immigration term, refugee.
Biometrics
A definition of the immigration term, biometrics.
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.
TN Visa Requirements For Canadian Citizens
Canadian citizens who meet the education and professional requirements may come to the U.S. under the nonimmigrant NAFTA TN visa.
I-9
A definition of the immigration term, I-9.
Luis Leon, Cuban-American Pastor
Luis Leon, the Cuban-American Pastor at Washington's historic St. John's Episcopal Church, delivered the benediction and President Obama's second inauguration.
Laurene Powell Jobs, Immigrant Activist
Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple's Steve Jobs, has become an advocate for young immigrants, the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform.
A Checklist for 'Deferred Action' Applicants
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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.
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.
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.
Rick Santorum on Immigration
Rick Santorum believes undocumented immigrants are criminals.
Adjust Status
A definition of the immigration term, adjust status.

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