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General Immigration Information (3)+

  • 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
  • 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 (6)+

  • 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 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

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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)+

  • Air Travel Problems and Complaints

    The functions of the Aviation Consumer Protection Division are as follows: (1) receives informal complaints from members of the public regarding aviation consumer issues; (2) verifies compliance with DOT's aviation consumer protection requirements; (3) provides guidance to the industry and members of the public on consumer protection matters; and (4) makes available to the public information on pertinent consumer matters. Content Detail

    By:
    Department of Transportation
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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
  • 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
  • Exports

    These web pages contain information, regulations and forms relating to exporting goods from the U.S. to other countries. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • 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
  • 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
  • International Travel for U.S. Citizens

    The Office of American Services and Crisis Management (ACS) exists to serve Americans traveling or residing abroad. Our primary goal is to meet the needs of American citizens while providing them with premier customer service. This web site has more information about ACS and its services, including: Travel Warnings, Consular Information Sheets, Tips for Traveling Abroad, Regional Information, Safety Issues, Health Issues, Registration with Embassies, Emergencies and Crises, U.S. Embassies and Consulates, Travel Brochures, Document Requirements and other information. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of State
  • Know Before You Go

    This web page contains U.S. Customs and Border Protection Regulations for U.S. Residents: 1. Introduction 2. When You Return To The United States 3. Documentary Requirements For Entry 4. What You Must Declare 5. Register Items Before You Leave the United States 6. Duty-Free Exemption 7. Gifts 8. Duty-Free or Reduced Rates 9. Increased Duty Rates 10. Paying Duty 11. Sending Goods to the United States 12. Unaccompanied Baggage 13. Unaccompanied Purchases from Insular Possessions and Caribbean Basin Countries 14. Duty-Free Shops 15. Prohibited and Restricted Items 16. Money and Other Monetary Instruments 17. Traveling Back and Forth Across the Border 18. Photographic Film 19. Customer Service Programs 20. Other Travel-related Information Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • 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
  • Travel Alerts and Restricted/Prohibited Goods

    These web pages contain information about travel alerts and goods that you are restricted or prohibited from bringing into the US. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • 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 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