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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.
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 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.
6 Things You Need to Know Before Marrying on a...
Are people who get married while in the United States on travel visas able to stay in the U.S. and successfully adjust their status to gain permanent residence? Yes, they are. But this is not the preferred approach. Find out more about this type of green card marriage.
Should the US Build Fences on the US-Mexico...
The purpose of the border fence is to tighten homeland security and prevent illegal immigration using a combination of physical barriers and high-tech. Page 2.
How 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 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
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.
Can I Vote?
Naturalized citizens and permanent residents do not have the same privileges when it comes to registering and voting in elections.
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 You Need to Do to Get Your Fiance a K1 Visa
The K1 fiance visa allows U.S. citizens a way to bring their foreign fiances to the United States to marry. After marriage, the foreign spouse applies for permanent residence and will be able to work and live permanently in the United States.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Nonimmigrant Visa?
If you want to know how long it will take to get your visa, the U.S. Department of State provides an online tool showing visa wait times in all Consular locations.
What to Wear to an Immigration Interview
The immigration interview is nerve-wracking enough without worrying if you're dressed properly. Learn what you should and should not wear to an immigration interview.
What Is Chain Migration?
: What Is Chain Migration? : Chain migration is a term with several meanings that is often misused and
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
What Is the Difference Between an Immigrant...
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
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 Occupations Qualify For the DV Green Card...
Learn how to find what occupations qualify for the DV green card lottery work experience requirement.
How Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
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 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.
What are the DV Green Card Lottery Entry...
There are two basic entry requirements for the DV green card lottery.
10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
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.
5 Tips for Choosing The Right Immigration Lawyer
Most people can handle immigration paperwork on their own, but some situations are more complicated and require legal assistance. If your case isn't straightforward or if you just want the comfort of letting a professional handle the process, these 5 tips will help you choose an immigration lawyer that's right for you.
Your Guide to 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 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.
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.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation.
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.
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their citizenship.
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.
USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
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.
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
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.
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?
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
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.
A busy summer for Coast Guard interdictions off...
Dismal economies in Cuba and Haiti mean more migrants trying to come to the United States by sea.
Obama Gives Reprieve to Illegal Immigrant Youths
President Obama announces plan to allow children of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States legally.
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.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill.
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 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.
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.
Illegal Alien or Undocumented Immigrant
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Another Poll Shows Wide Support For Immigration...
Another poll finds broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, even among Republicans voters.
Florida OKs In-State Tuition Rates For...
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs law allowing in-state tuition rates for unauthorized immigrant students.
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.
Spouses of H-1B Immigrants To Get Chance at...
Obama administration to allow employment for immigrant spouses of H-1B visa holders.
President Obama Nominates Castro For Cabinet...
President Obama nominates Julian Castro to become secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
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.
Dual Citizenship
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
Education or Work Experience Requirements For...
All green card lottery entrants must meet the education or work experience requirement to be eligible for the DV program.
Congress Legislation Cracks Down on ex-Americans
Congress considers crackdown against people such as Denise Rich and Eduardo Saverin who renounce their U.S. citizenship to avoid paying taxes.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
Immigration Reform Information Hub
The latest news, information and developments in the immigration reform debate.
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 Make Sure My E-Verify Result Is...
Tips for immigrants to make sure that their E-Verify Form I-9 is accepted by the U.S. government.
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.
Immigration Lawyer's Tips for Renewing DACA...
Renewing your DACA status isn't as cumbersome as registering with USCIS the first time around.
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.
How Do I Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
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.
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.
ICE
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
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.
The History of Naturalization Requirements
The history of naturalization requirements can be found in the legislative history of immigration to the United States.
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 Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
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 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.
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.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
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.
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 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.
Green Card Lottery Reminders
Green Card Lottery entrants should remember to check their status online and watch out for scammers.
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.
Undocumented Immigrants Pay Many Taxes
A study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that undocumented immigrants pay lots of taxes and would pay more to lift the U.S. economy under comprehensive immigration reform.
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 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.
Tea Party on Immigration
The Tea Party movement wants border fences and mass deportations.
What Is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.
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.
How Immigrants Who Buy Homes Could Qualify for...
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.
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.
The U.S. World Cup Team Relies on Foreign-Born...
The United States World Cup soccer team relies on the talent of foreign-born Americans with dual citizenship.
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?
USCIS Director Mayorkas Outlines Rule Changes
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas answers questions about rule change for undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen relatives.
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.
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 is the DREAM Act?
A definition of the DREAM Act. Immigration Issues.
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 Are the Rights and Responsibilties of U.S....
What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. 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.
What Is Family-Based Immigration?
An explanation of a popular immigrant visa category.
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.
What Countries Are Included in the Hague...
A list of the Hague Adoption Convention countries.
U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced...
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Levi Strauss - Founder of Levi Strauss & Co.
Learn about Levi Strauss, founder of Levi Strauss & Company; the first company to manufacture blue jeans.
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.
Student Visa Basics
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.
What Is Dual Citizenship?
Explanation of dual citizenship.
Are Puerto Ricans Immigrants in the U.S.?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens because of a century-old act of Congress.
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 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.
K1 Fiance Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K1 fiance visa.
Groups that help immigrants can get government...
USCIS offers grants to local organizations that offer immigrants English classes and study aids for their naturalization tests.
'Self Check' for Immigrant Workers
Government's 'Self Check' Program allows immigrant workers to verify their status and eligibility.
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.
What Are the Required Vaccines?
A list of the vaccines required to immigrate to the U.S.
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.
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.
Redesigned Naturalization Test
The redesigned naturalization test is effective October 1, 2008. Find out everything you need to know about the new test.
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.
Permanent Resident
A definition of the immigration term, permanent resident.
Beneficiary
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.
Immigration News
Read about the latest immigration developments being discussed in the news.
New Immigrants Assimilating Into U.S. Society
Study shows that new immigrants are assimilating into American society.
DREAM Act Study Finds Potential Windfall
UCLA study finds that the DREAM Act would enable undocumented immigrant students to pump billions into the U.S. economy.
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.
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.
How Can Employers Sponsor Immigrant Workers?
U.S. employers can sponsor immigrant workers and help them come to the United States with EB visas.
Immigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, immigrant visa.
You'll have to pay government a lot more to...
State Department has increased fees for Americans to give up their citizenship
A Checklist for 'Deferred Action' Applicants
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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.
What To Expect From Paralegals
Capable paralegals can play important roles in helping immigration attorneys to resolve immigrants' cases.
Skilled Immigrants Create Jobs in U.S.
Highly skilled immigrants create jobs for American workers.
Asylum
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.
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 are the Penalties for Registering/Voting...
There are serious consequences for registering to vote or voting in an election when you do not meet the citizenship requirements.
Can I Confirm Whether or Not I Was Selected as...
Millions apply for a diversity visa, hoping to be selected as a winner in the green card lottery. Find out how you can confirm if you're a green card lottery winner.
FAQs on New 'Deferred Action' Policy
Frequently asked questions about the Obama administration's new policy toward young undocumented immigrants.
How Do I Register to Vote?
An overview of the voting registration process for new U.S. citizens.
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.
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