Immigration Law

Immigration Law is the practice of law governing the entry, admission, and status of people wishing to transit through, reside in, or become citizens of the United States. It is a vast, complicated field that covers both intending and non-intending immigrants and their ability to work in the United States. Immigration law is primarily federal, administrative law, rather than state law, because is governs the permeability of U.S. borders, not merely its states.

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What is the Difference between an Immigrant Visa and a Non-Immigrant Visa?

There are two basic categories of visa, an immigrant visa and a non-immigrant visa. Non-immigrants are aliens who are coming to the United States for a temporary period of time and for a specific purpose. If you are coming to the U.S. as a temporary visitor for pleasure, under U.S. law you would apply for a B-2 visa. You would not be permitted to enroll in school and study nor would you be allowed to work, as that is not consistent with a B-2 visa. If you are in the U.S. on a tourist visa, it is possible to change status to a different category, such as student, assuming you qualify.

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How To Get Permission To Enter the United States

Aliens who are not able to finance themselves because they don’t have sufficient income or resources and could need public assistance are not allowed to enter. The INS also excludes people who obviously are lying about their intentions for coming to the United States. Commonly, visas are denied due to failure of the applicant to prove that he or she has ties abroad that would compel them to leave the United States at the end of the temporary stay (often called the 214(b) visa refusal).

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How To Locate the US Embassy in Your Country

The U.S. State Department maintains a central list of United States Embassies in other countries. The quickest way to find exactly where one is located is through their website at www.usembassy.gov. Visiting the United States embassy can be the first step in the immigrant’s journey to America. Before you visit a U.S. Embassy, take time to review the information for the embassy in your country.

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Verifying Employment Eligibility Through E-Verify & Form I-9

The Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) is a free and voluntary program offered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). E-Verify allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. Not all employers require such documentation and participation in E-Verify is voluntary.

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