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Immigration Issues: Most Popular Articles

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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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
FAQs on New 'Deferred Action' Policy
Frequently asked questions about the Obama administration's new policy toward young undocumented immigrants.
Can I Vote?
Naturalized citizens and permanent residents do not have the same privileges when it comes to registering and voting in elections.
How the U.S. Treats Cuban Migrants Differently
The United States gives migrants from Cuba special treatment under the
Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
Immigration Reform Information Hub
The latest news, information and developments in the immigration reform debate.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
Senate's Gang of Eight releases details of historic proposal for comprehensive immigration reform bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Family-Sponsored Immigratio, Step-by-Step
If you want to come to the U.S. to live and work permanently and you have a relative who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to obtain permanent residence through family-sponsored immigration.
How 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.
President Orders Deferral of Deportation for...
President Obama used executive action to allow millions of unauthorized immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation.
How 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 Chances of Winning the Green Card...
Millions of green card lottery entries are made every year, but what are your actual chances of winning?
What Is the Difference Between an Immigrant...
Explanation of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas as defined by the U.S. Department of State.
Newt Gingrich on Immigration
Newt Gingrich has more moderate positions on U.S. immigration than most of his Republican rivals.
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.
Arguments for the DREAM Act
Arguments supporting DREAM Act legislation.
10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.
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.
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.
USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.
How Immigrants Can Find English Classes
Community colleges, local school districts, labor resource centers and the Internet are good places to learn English.
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.
Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.
Immigration Lawyer's Tips for Renewing DACA...
Renewing your DACA status isn't as cumbersome as registering with USCIS the first time around.
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.
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.
Barack Obama on Immigration
An overview of Barack Obama's views on key immigration issues.
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.
Famous Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship
Here is a list of famous Americans who renounced their citizenship.
Skilled Immigrants Create Jobs in U.S.
Highly skilled immigrants create jobs for American workers.
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.
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.
What Is Chain Migration?
: What Is Chain Migration? : Chain migration is a term with several meanings that is often misused and
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
What Is De Facto Amnesty?
: What Is De Facto Amnesty? : The term “de facto amnesty” came into widespread use early in the last
Bringing Family Members Into the United States
U.S. immigration officials have tools and programs available that will help immigrant families stay together.
President Obama's Immigration Agenda
President Obama's immigration agenda as posted on the official White House website.
Dual Citizenship
The United States allows Americans to have dual citizenship and be a citizen of another country.
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.
USCIS Director Mayorkas Outlines Rule Changes
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas answers questions about rule change for undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen relatives.
Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
The federal government takes renunciation of U.S. citizenship very seriously and, once granted, it is permanent.
Military Renews MAVNI Program
U.S. military wants to recruit immigrants with special language skills to fill medical and cultural positions.
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?
Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States- affirmative and defensive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The History of Naturalization Requirements
The history of naturalization requirements can be found in the legislative history of immigration to the United States.
Colleges in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and...
Arizona, Georgia, Alabama and Indiana do not allow in-state college tuition rates to unauthorized immigrants.
Another Poll Shows Wide Support For Immigration...
Another poll finds broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, even among Republicans voters.
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.
Florida OKs In-State Tuition Rates For...
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs law allowing in-state tuition rates for unauthorized immigrant students.
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.
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.
Tea Party on Immigration
The Tea Party movement wants border fences and mass deportations.
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 is the DREAM Act?
A definition of the DREAM Act. Immigration Issues.
Many Unauthorized Immigrants Overstay Visas
About 40% of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country entered legally and then overstayed visas.
Poll: Many Americans Support Health Care for...
University of Michigan survey finds many Americans support allowing full access to health care for unauthorized immigrant children.
What Is the Visa Waiver Program?
Definition of the program and a list of participating countries.
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.
Sarah Palin on Immigration
An overview of Sarah Palin's views on key 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.
U.S. Business Needs Immigrants With Advanced...
U.S. business wants more visas for immigrants skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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 Immigrants Who Buy Homes Could Qualify for...
Congress is considering giving residency visas to immigrants who buy homes in the United States.
Student Visa Basics
An overview of F-1 and M-1 visas for foreign students.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
ICE
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.
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.
Immigration News
Read about the latest immigration developments being discussed in the news.
Ron Paul on Immigration
Republican Ron Paul sticks to libertarian beliefs when it comes to immigration.
Obama Administration's Record on Immigration
The Obama administration postponed immigration reform because of battles with Congress over health care and the budget.
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.
A strong majority backs legal status for...
A Pew Research Center poll found 71% of Americans across the country believe in the pathway to legal residence for unauthorized immigrants.
A Checklist for 'Deferred Action' Applicants
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Withholding of Removal
A definition of the immigration term, withholding of removal.
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.
Immigration Policy Helps Countries in Distress
The United States grants Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to immigrants from countries ravaged by natural disasters and wars.
Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.
What Are the Rights and Responsibilties of U.S....
What are the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship?
Mayors' Study Calls for Visa Reforms
Mayors' study supports making more visas available for highly skilled immigrants and foreign workers.
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.
What Is a Taxpayer Identification Number?
Find out who needs an ITIN and how to apply for one.
Are Puerto Ricans Immigrants in the U.S.?
Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens because of a century-old act of Congress.
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.
Obama Says Congress Will Pass Immigration...
President Obama says comprehensive immigration reform bill will pass before he leaves office in 2017.
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.
Joe Biden on Immigration
An overview of Joe Biden's views on key immigration issues.
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.
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.
Rick Perry on Immigration
Texas Gov. Rick Perry irked conservatives when he signed a version of the DREAM Act.
What Is Family-Based Immigration?
An explanation of a popular immigrant visa category.
Department of Homeland Security
A definition of the immigration term, Department of Homeland Security.
You'll have to pay government a lot more to...
State Department has increased fees for Americans to give up their 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.
Rick Santorum on Immigration
Rick Santorum believes undocumented immigrants are criminals.
How Do I Renew My Green Card?
Immigrants who want to renew their green cards must use Form I-90.
John McCain on Immigration
An overview of John McCain's views on key immigration issues.
Who Will Benefit From the President's Changes...
Answers to questions about President Obama's executive action to change U.S. immigration policy.
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.
Redesigned Naturalization Test
The redesigned naturalization test is effective October 1, 2008. Find out everything you need to know about the new test.
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 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.
How Will I Know if I'm a Lottery Winner?
Millions apply for a diversity visa, but only those selected will receive notification.
'Self Check' for Immigrant Workers
Government's 'Self Check' Program allows immigrant workers to verify their status and eligibility.
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.
New Immigrants Assimilating Into U.S. Society
Study shows that new immigrants are assimilating into American society.
What To Expect From Paralegals
Capable paralegals can play important roles in helping immigration attorneys to resolve immigrants' cases.
Arrest Record Can Thwart 'Deferred Action'...
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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.
Affidavit of Support
A definition of the immigration term, affidavit of support.
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.
Beneficiary
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.
What Are the General Naturalization Requirements?
Learn what is required to become a U.S. citizen.
The Different Types of Immigration Visas
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