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General Immigration Information (4)+

  • Answers to Common Immigration Questions - How Do I . . .

    The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services has created a series of documents that they call "How Do I …?s" These documents cover a wide variety of topics on immigration matters and are meant to assist you in finding the information you need about a particular immigration and asylum subject. Each How Do I …? starts with background information on the chosen topic, and then helps answer your questions about INS procedures. Each How Do I …? links you to information on the INS Website and, sometimes, to relevant information on other U.S. Government Websites. These links go to the relevant sections of immigration law and federal regulations, to instructions on applying for immigration benefits, the correct form and fee, and so on. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Basic Immigration Law

    This document contains basic information about immigration law in the United States, answering the following questions: Where do U.S. immigration laws come from? What agencies administer U.S. immigration laws? Who gets U.S. citizenship? What are the immigration rules that allow non-citizens allowed to be in the U.S.? What are the ways that a non-citizen can immigrate to the U.S.? How can you change your legal status under U.S. immigration law? How do non-citizens lose their immigration status? How do you become a U.S. Citizen? Once you become a naturalized U.S. citizen, can you lose that status? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Immigration Basics - Overview

    This web page explains basic information about immigration classifications in the United States and describes the process for adjusting your classification. Content Detail

    By:
    The American Immigration Law Foundation

General Visa Information (7)+

  • Foreign Labor Certification

    Hiring foreign workers for employment in the U.S. normally requires approval from several government agencies. Certain visa categories first require employers to seek labor certification through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Once the application is certified (approved), the employer must petition the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) for a visa. Approval by DOL does not guarantee a visa issuance. The Department of State (DOS) will issue a visa number to the foreign worker for U.S. entry. Applicants must also establish that they are admissible to the U.S. under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This site provides information to assist an employer in preparing a labor certification application in any one of the several employment-based visa programs. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • United States Visa Policy

    The page outlines U.S. Visa policy for both temporary and permanent residents Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Visa Information for Immigrants Seeking Permanent Resident Status

    Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate to live permanently in the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration law, and specific procedures to apply for your visa. Click on the links below for more information on forms to use for visa applications, photograph requirements and more. Based on law, not everyone will receive a visa to come to the U.S. Learn about denials, ineligibilities and waivers. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Visa Types for Immigrants Seeking Permanent Residency

    This website lists the different types of U.S. visas and their qualifications Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • Visas for Family Members (Frequently Asked Questions)

    This document answers frequently asked questions about the kinds of visas that are available to family members of U.S. Citizens and residents. Read More

    By:
    Catholic Charities Immigration Services
  • Visas for Visiting the United States

    This page outlines the types of U.S. visas for temporary visitors and gives their qualifications and purposes. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • What is a U.S. Visa?

    This page gives a general overview of visas in the U.S., including the types of visas, what they look like, and links to more detailed information. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State

Related Information (6)+

  • Basic Immigration Law

    This document contains basic information about immigration law in the United States, answering the following questions: Where do U.S. immigration laws come from? What agencies administer U.S. immigration laws? Who gets U.S. citizenship? What are the immigration rules that allow non-citizens allowed to be in the U.S.? What are the ways that a non-citizen can immigrate to the U.S.? How can you change your legal status under U.S. immigration law? How do non-citizens lose their immigration status? How do you become a U.S. Citizen? Once you become a naturalized U.S. citizen, can you lose that status? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Beware of Dishonest Immigration Consultants

    Recent immigrants who don't speak English fluently are easy prey for dishonest people who pretend to help them. This brochure, by the National Consumer Law Center helps you protect yourself against dishonest immigrant consultants. Content Detail

    By:
    National Consumer Law Center
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Korean / 한국어
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese / 中文
  • Check Your Immigration Status Online

    If you have an application receipt number, you can check the status of your case online. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Electronic Visa Application Forms

    Welcome to the Electronic Visa Application Forms Instructions Page. Forms available on this page can be filled out on-line and assist in the processing of your application. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Make an Appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Make an Online Appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • U.S. Passports

    The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports. This web site contains more information about U.S. passports. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State

U.S. Citizens Going Abroad (1)+

  • U.S. Passports

    The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports. This web site contains more information about U.S. passports. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State

Fraud and Deception 2 (1)+

Know Your Rights Articles (21)+

  • Answers to Common Immigration Questions - How Do I . . .

    The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services has created a series of documents that they call "How Do I …?s" These documents cover a wide variety of topics on immigration matters and are meant to assist you in finding the information you need about a particular immigration and asylum subject. Each How Do I …? starts with background information on the chosen topic, and then helps answer your questions about INS procedures. Each How Do I …? links you to information on the INS Website and, sometimes, to relevant information on other U.S. Government Websites. These links go to the relevant sections of immigration law and federal regulations, to instructions on applying for immigration benefits, the correct form and fee, and so on. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Application Forms for U.S. Visas

    This web site contains copies of documents relating to applications for visas into the United States. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • Basic Immigration Law

    This document contains basic information about immigration law in the United States, answering the following questions: Where do U.S. immigration laws come from? What agencies administer U.S. immigration laws? Who gets U.S. citizenship? What are the immigration rules that allow non-citizens allowed to be in the U.S.? What are the ways that a non-citizen can immigrate to the U.S.? How can you change your legal status under U.S. immigration law? How do non-citizens lose their immigration status? How do you become a U.S. Citizen? Once you become a naturalized U.S. citizen, can you lose that status? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Beware of Dishonest Immigration Consultants

    Recent immigrants who don't speak English fluently are easy prey for dishonest people who pretend to help them. This brochure, by the National Consumer Law Center helps you protect yourself against dishonest immigrant consultants. Content Detail

    By:
    National Consumer Law Center
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Korean / 한국어
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese / 中文
  • Check Your Immigration Status Online

    If you have an application receipt number, you can check the status of your case online. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Electronic Visa Application Forms

    Welcome to the Electronic Visa Application Forms Instructions Page. Forms available on this page can be filled out on-line and assist in the processing of your application. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Foreign Labor Certification

    Hiring foreign workers for employment in the U.S. normally requires approval from several government agencies. Certain visa categories first require employers to seek labor certification through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Once the application is certified (approved), the employer must petition the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) for a visa. Approval by DOL does not guarantee a visa issuance. The Department of State (DOS) will issue a visa number to the foreign worker for U.S. entry. Applicants must also establish that they are admissible to the U.S. under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This site provides information to assist an employer in preparing a labor certification application in any one of the several employment-based visa programs. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • How to File a Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

    This website provides instructions on filing a discrimination complaint with The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of Homeland Security. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Immigration Basics - Overview

    This web page explains basic information about immigration classifications in the United States and describes the process for adjusting your classification. Content Detail

    By:
    The American Immigration Law Foundation
  • Immigration Forms, Fees and Fingerprints

    Welcome to the Forms, Fees and Fingerprints information center. From here you'll be able to find most of what you'll need to apply to for a immigration-related service, benefit, or permit. Many of these forms (benefit applications and petitions) require the payment of a fee in order for BCIS to process (adjudicate) your requests. Some also require applicants to pay an additional and separate fee for fingerprinting. This section will provide you with information on fees and fingerprint requirements. The Forms and Fees page provides information on Immigration forms and how to print them. Content Detail

    By:
    Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Information on HIV Waivers for Immigrants

    This document describes the law relating to HIV Waivers which allow non-US citizens with HIV infections to visit the United States. Read More

    By:
    Catholic Charities Immigration Services
  • Make an Appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Make an Online Appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • United States Visa Policy

    The page outlines U.S. Visa policy for both temporary and permanent residents Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Passports

    The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports. This web site contains more information about U.S. passports. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Visa Information for Immigrants Seeking Permanent Resident Status

    Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate to live permanently in the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration law, and specific procedures to apply for your visa. Click on the links below for more information on forms to use for visa applications, photograph requirements and more. Based on law, not everyone will receive a visa to come to the U.S. Learn about denials, ineligibilities and waivers. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • U.S. Visa Types for Immigrants Seeking Permanent Residency

    This website lists the different types of U.S. visas and their qualifications Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • Visas for Family Members (Frequently Asked Questions)

    This document answers frequently asked questions about the kinds of visas that are available to family members of U.S. Citizens and residents. Read More

    By:
    Catholic Charities Immigration Services
  • Visas for Visiting the United States

    This page outlines the types of U.S. visas for temporary visitors and gives their qualifications and purposes. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • We Own the Dream - Learn about Requesting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    Use this online interview to learn if you are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and to complete the application forms. Content Detail

    By:
    ImmigrationAdvocates.org
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • What is a U.S. Visa?

    This page gives a general overview of visas in the U.S., including the types of visas, what they look like, and links to more detailed information. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State