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Immigration: Detention & Custody

Lea en español Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for managing the U.S. immigrant detention system. Detention standards ICE has put in place a set of National Detention Standards (NDS). These standards are intended to set forth rules for how immigration detainees are to be […]

Lawyers Association Provides Critical Information to Detained Immigrants, Families

by Anna Marie Macías Sept. 18, 2008 Ever since Congress rejected an immigration reform bill last year, federal agents have enforced immigration laws more aggressively than ever, setting records for the largest numbers of undocumented immigrant laborers rounded up and deported from their homes, factories and other work sites. While this might appear to be […]

Immigration Visa Categories

A: Issued to diplomats and employees of foreign governments who come to the U.S. to work at an embassy or consulate for their country. This includes a foreign ambassador, a consul and their staffs. The A visa also includes the family members of the diplomatic staff. B: Used for foreign visitors to the U.S. for […]

Unlawful Presence & Waiver of Inadmissibility

Lea en español Section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states that any non-U.S. citizen who enters the U.S. illegally or stays in the country longer than permitted and who then leaves the U.S. after more than 180 days of unlawful presence may not return for three years. An alien who departs after a […]

Visas for Victims of Domestic Violence

Lea en español Immigration through a U.S. citizen or permanent-resident family member usually requires that the citizen or permanent resident file a petition on behalf of the relative. This means the citizen or permanent resident controls the immigration process. In relationships in which domestic violence has occurred, this control can be abused by the citizen […]

United States Immigration Laws

Lea en español Immigration and Nationality Act: Codified under Title 8 of the U.S. Code, this 1952 act and its 1965 amendments form the basic body of U.S. immigration law. Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: This act strengthened U.S. measures to deter illegal immigration through bolstered border enforcement and sanctions against employers that […]


Lea en español Asylum is a process by which a foreign national may seek permanent residence in the United States, based on a history or reasonable fear of persecution in their country of origin, whether for political, religious, ethnic or other reasons. A person may apply for asylum while residing within the United States. To […]

Immigration Law

Websites Immigration Law Portal – Contains 50,000+ pages of information on immigration law. Free daily newspaper, Immigration Daily, is also available. – Links to immigration forms, ABC’s of immigration, State Department info, newsletters, and more. Blogs Immigration Blog – Current info and opinions on U.S. immigration law. U.S. Immigration Law News Blog – Published […]

United States Naturalization Process

Lea en español Citizenship Interview The law requires that every candidate for citizenship undergo an interview with an immigration officer. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will schedule the interview for you. At the interview, you take an oath to tell the truth and verify your identity by presenting your alien registration card, passport and visas […]

United States Citizenship

Lea en español Related GetLegal.TV Videos Click here for more criminal law videos   Naturalization: The Process for Becoming a U.S. Citizen A temporary or permanent visa will not give you all the rights and privileges of American citizenship—unless you go through the process known as “naturalization,” you won’t be able to vote, and you […]

United States Citizenship Requirements

Lea en español To qualify for naturalization to the U.S., you must show the U.S. government evidence that you: are at least 18 years old, lived as a legal immigrant in the U.S. for a specific period of time, lived for a specific period of time in the state or U.S. territory from where you […]

Diversity Visa Lottery

Lea en español The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program allots 55,000 permanent-resident visas each year for applicants from countries that have a low rate of immigration to the U.S. In a lottery process, the federal government chooses 100,000 applicants from the millions received each year and allows those applicants to apply for the limited diversity visas. […]

Employment-Based Immigration

Lea en español Foreign nationals who wish to stay in the U.S. permanently can be sponsored through an employer or on the merit of their own background. Each category for employment-based visas is subject to an annual quota. Extraordinary Ability This category is designed to provide lawful permanent residence to an individual who has achieved […]

Family-Based Immigration

Lea en español Citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. may petition the federal government for an immigrant visa for certain family members. American citizens can petition for more categories of family members than permanent residents can. The amount of time between the date the petition is filed and the date when the family member […]

Investor and Company Transfer Visas

Lea en español International investors and business owners may apply for a visa to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis. Permanent Residence Through Investment An person who invests at least $1 million and creates jobs for 10 U.S. workers may apply to become a lawful permanent resident. The investment amount drops […]

Qualifying for a Permanent Visa

Lea en español Permanent Residency Status in the United States Foreign national who want to move permanently to the United States must apply for and be granted permanent residency status, known popularly as a “green card.” A green card is a permanent visa, a document that provides lawful evidence of your permanent residence in America. […]

Changing Green Card Immigration Status

Lea en español Adjustment of status is the process of applying for an immigrant visa, commonly known as a green card, while living in the U.S. An undocumented immigrant is someone living or working in the U.S. who either entered illegally or, after entering legally, overstayed his or her period of admission and is now […]

Exchange-Program Visa

Lea en español J Visa & Q Visa J and Q visas allow foreign nationals to enter the U.S. to exchange artistic, academic and scientific knowledge and skills and share the history and culture of their native country. The J visa is for: secondary school, college or university students teachers or professors research or short-term […]

Business Visa & Tourism Visa

Lea en español B1 Visa & B2 Visa B1 and B2 visas are for visitors to the U.S. who are entering for a temporary business, tourism (pleasure) or medical-treatment purpose. Allowable Activities on a B1 or B2 Visa People who enter the U.S. on a B1 or B2 visa may do so only for the […]

Temporary Visa Categories

Lea en español Foreign nationals who wish to come to the U.S. temporarily generally must seek a visa from a U.S. Consulate. A visa is a document stamped into a passport that allows a person to seek admission to the U.S. It does not give the holder the right to enter the U.S., only the […]

Applying for a Temporary Visa

Lea en español Temporary Residence in the United States—The Legal Requirements Under American immigration laws, any foreign national who seeks to enter the country must present a valid visa at the port of entry, whether it be an airport or a border crossing. This applies even if you are coming into the United States for […]

Student Visa

Lea en español Noncitizens wishing to study in the U.S. may apply for a nonimmigrant student visa. The U.S. allows foreign students to attend school in the country under three visa programs: F visas for academic students, M visas for vocational students and J visas for exchange students. J visas are detailed in Exchange-Program Visas. […]

Immigration Issues Never Far from Courts and Headlines

The Department of Homeland Security is revising and reworking a new regulation forcing employers to release any employees that have Social Security numbers that don’t match with the Social Security Administration’s database. The revisiting of the structure of the regulations was forced by a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of […]

Feds' Medical Escort Service Questioned

A class-action lawsuit against the government claims abuse and drug-induced exits from the country. Two plaintiffs in the case tell CNN that they were both drugged when they questioned their circumstances. According to, Raymond Soeoth of Indonesia and Amadou Diouf of Senegal say they were injected with anti-psychotic drugs against their will during the […]

Immigration Terms

Lea en español Important Terms Related to Immigration and Naturalization The following terms are commonly used in immigration and naturalization proceedings: Asylum: Legal protection granted to foreign nationals in the United States who have experienced or will face persecution in their home country based on race, religion, nationality, social affiliation or political opinion, allowing them […]

Immigration Law Center

Lea en español When you’ve left everything you knew to come to the United States, you knew it wouldn’t be easy. Though you dreamed of a new life and new opportunities, you also expected that there would be challenges. Will you be allowed in the country? How long can you stay? What steps do you […]

Citizenship & Immigration Services to Raise Filing Fees

Citizenship & Immigration Services will raise its filing fees, effective July 30, 2007. The fee increase, which will affect all applications for citizenship, green cards and temporary visas, is the largest in the agency’s history, with some fees more than doubling. The nation is buzzing about the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform measure being considered by […]

Immigration Law and the Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy

The debate over the U.S. policy termed ”wet foot, dry foot” still looms at the forefront of U.S. immigration law. This policy arose in 1995 under the Clinton administration as a revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 and states that Cuban immigrants caught traversing the waters between Cuba and Florida are to be […]