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Immigration Laws of the United States
Coming to and staying in the United States brings many responsibilities and obligations. There are procedural laws and requirements that must be followed for those who wish to enter and stay in the United States for any length of time.
Immigration laws regulate how an individual from abroad may qualify for a visa and under what circumstances that individual can be deported. There are many different kinds of temporary and permanent visas. Depending on the purpose of your entry, there is a visa that is right for you.
Those already in the United States must also abide by immigration laws. Large portions of immigrants who legally reside within the United States have a green card, or permanent visa. While those with green cards may seek to be citizens, they must also stay away from activities that may bring deportation. It is always wise to make whatever attempts possible to reside legally within the United States.
Immigration law is one of the most complicated areas of law and can be a very complex system for many people to understand. If you need help resolving an immigration law issue, you should contact an immigration lawyer.
Citizenship & Naturalization Applicants
Becoming a U.S Citizen is a personal decision. Understanding the naturalization process and having the correct information is very important. The links below will help those interested in U.S citizenship in learning more about eligibility requirements and the application process.
- Applying for U.S. Citizenship
- Dual Citizenship
- What is Naturalization?
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Establishing Permanent Residency
- What If I Can't Receive Citizenship?
Deportation or Removal Proceedings
A nonresident can be deported from the United States in several ways that include being arrested as an immigrant, having a application be rejected by USCIS, or having a request for asylum denied. An immigrant’s rights and claim for relief will all be decided upon an immigration judge.
- Regulating Removal / Deportation
- Suspending Deportation for Hardship
- Fraudulent Marriages
- Alien Immigration
Permanent Visas or Green Cards
If you are an immigrant in the United States, there are several different types of visas that you may be eligible for to stay in the U.S whether if you are interested in a short stay or permanent U.S residence.
- What Should I Know About Green Cards?
- Green Card Renewal
- What Is The Visa Lottery?
- Family Member Visas
- Marriage Visas
- Work Visas
- The Green Card Application Process
Political Asylum and Refugees
If you are an immigrant in the United States and are fleeing from persecution or civil disturbance in your home country, you may be eligible for a political asylum which allows you to stay within the U.S rather than going back home and facing possible threats.
- Seeking Refugee Immigration Status vs. Political Asylum
- What U.S. Agency Decides Political Asylum and Refugee Issues?
- What Is Temporary Protected Status?
- What Else Should I Know About Refugee Status?
If you are a non-immigrant that lives outside the U.S. and wish to come to the United States either for business or travel, you may be eligible to receive a temporary visa, which allows you to travel to the United States for a short period of time.
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Last Modified: 01-05-2015 03:47 PM PST
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